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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.

It’s Not Easy Being “Green”


by: Sarah McClanahan

According to Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, an estimated 6,600 tons of waste are generated each day in U.S. hospitals and almost 85% of that waste is considered non-hazardous such as paper, cardboard and plastic containers. These facts are what led Lexington Medical Center to create programs and initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint in the community. In 1993, Lexington Medical Center started a hospital-wide recycling program, which began on Earth Day that year. The hospital recycled approximately 100,000 pounds of cardboard, paper, newspapers, glass bottles and tin cans during the first year. Last year, Lexington Medical Center recycled more than 885,000 pounds of municipal waste at its main campus – about 30% of its total waste.

Lexington Medical Center has become synonymous with quality “Green” initiatives. The hospital was first recognized in 2003 by the Business Recycling Assistance Program and received its “Best Industry Recycling Program.” Other awards have included Paper Recycler of the Year, Outstanding Air Quality Business of the Year, Best Overall Environmental Program and South Carolina Smart Business Recycling Award. Most recently, the hospital became a Lexington County Green Certified Business.

“We’re proud of the staff that is helping Lexington Medical Center make such impressive progress with our environmental initiatives,” said Mike Greeley, vice president of operations at Lexington Medical Center. “As one of the largest organizations in Lexington County, we feel it is our obligation to set the right example when it comes to environmental stewardship.”

In addition to its recycling programs, Lexington Medical Center built the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified medical office building in 2008. This designation comes from the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets the standards for sustainable site development, energy efficiency, conservation of materials and resources and indoor environment quality. The “green” medical office building has several important eco-friendly characteristics such recycled construction materials, energy-efficient roofing and windows, and improved building insulation.

This month, Lexington Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary. We opened as a small county hospital on January 6, 1971. Today, we’ve grown into a modern medical complex with state-of-the-art technology and an unsurpassed culture of caring. Each day this month, we’ll share a story from our hospital’s history book.

Celebrating Earth Day: LMC Honors its Green Giants

On Earth Day, Lexington Medical Center is remembering its commitment to Green efforts.  Our hospital encourages its employees to be good stewards of the environment.

Check out our new video featuring our “Green Giants”, employees who exemplify leadership in recycling and other environmental initiatives.

One of the ways Lexington Medical Center will celebrate Earth Day this year is to kick off its “100 Acts of Green” campaign.  The hospital is asking each of its departments to commit to one Green Act for the year.

Lexington Medical Center is a leader in the Green building movement.  We have the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified medical office building in South Carolina. Our hospital has also received the “Spare the Air” award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its recycling initiatives.

At Lexington Medical Center, our mission is to provide health services that meet the needs of our community.  We believe that work extends to securing a safe environment for the future.

Are YOU a Green Giant?  We want to know.  Leave us a comment below and let us know what you’re doing to make our world a better place.