Earth Day: Start Small – Recycle!

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At HCA Healthcare-affiliate Specialty Hospital, our guiding principle is primum non nocere – a Latin phrase that means, “first, do no harm.” This code applies to our patient care, commitment to community, employee wellbeing, and in this case, our environment. And, at Specialty, we believe every day is Earth Day!

We are a two-time (2014-15) winner of the Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership organization for healthcare institutions committed to eco-friendly practices, Partner of Change Award due, in large part, to our creation of a single-system recycling program. So, what does that mean, exactly?

It means gone are the days of separating your trash into multiple bins at Specialty. With the help of HCA Healthcare’s total integrated waste program, which matches each hospital with one vendor to create sustainable waste solutions, we created an effortless program for patients, visitors and caregivers to recycle everything, except food, in one bin. Single-stream. It’s so easy some of our guests aren’t aware they are “going green.” And, we increased our trash and waste recycling rate from 21 percent in 2011 to 86 percent last year!

As a hospital, we are faced with sustainable challenges – sure. But we’ve come a long way, and we continue to look for ways to decrease our impact on the environment without reducing the quality of care.

I’m proud to work for an organization, like HCA Healthcare, that is committed to environmental health and sustainability.  It doesn’t take a lot to create a “greener” home, workplace, and ultimately, planet. Start small – recycle! We at Specialty Hospital are doing our part, what are you going to do?

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 183 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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