Archive | April 21, 2011

LMC: A Green Giant Taking Care of Patients and Mother Earth

Lexington Medical Center is hosting several activities and events to commemorate Earth Day this Friday, April 22.

Pickney Produce, a local farm cooperative, will be on hand with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Nan Faile, a member of the hospital’s clinical staff, will lead an education session on the importance of earth worms in gardens and how to start an earth worm farm.

Accounting will sign up employees for electronic payroll vouchers, which will reduce the amount of paper the hospital uses.

There will be drawings for prizes ranging from fruit trees, flowers and hanging potted plants to memberships to environmentally friendly organizations.

Lexington Medical Center has always been a leader in environmentally friendly programs.

The hospital is home to the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified medical office building. Lexington Medical Park 2 was built with eco friendly features. In addition, the hospital has an extensive recycling program, recycling more than 2 million pounds of municipal and construction debris each year, saving thousands of cubic yards of landfill space. Also, the hospital has about 80 employees who carpool and other employees telecommute from home.

The hospital has received accolades for an environmentally innovative program for wrapping surgical equipment. The Sterile Processing department eliminated paper blue wrap by replacing it with reusable containers. This project alone saved 63 trees in its first year.

Lexington Medical Center has also earned numerous honors for its environmental effors from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

For more information about our “Green Giants,” click here.