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Lexington Medical Center Goes Green with Recycled Paper

Below is an article from GreenLink, a free, electronic newsletter distributed by the Premier Safety Institute to bring you the latest news, resources, and cost-saving success stories in green purchasing and healthcare practices. The article talks about Lexington Medical Center’s transition to recycled paper and the impact it has made.

“Every day we make decisions about what we purchase, consume and recycle.

Nearly a quarter (20 percent) of a typical hospital’s office supply budget is spent on paper alone. So it is no surprise that cost-conscious hospitals watch paper expenditures closely.

Purchasing recycled paper is beneficial to the environment, yet many healthcare organizations hesitate using it because it is slightly more expensive (typically 6 percent to 8 percent) than virgin, or non-recycled paper.

With the help of Premier contracted supplier OfficeMax, Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, SC, found a way to purchase recycled paper while cutting costs.
The hospital decided to switch to OfficeMax and Boise® ASPEN® 30 percent post consumer fiber paper, purchasing 87 tons of it from October 2007 through October 2008. At the same time, the hospital switched to Office Max branded remanufactured toner cartridges. Even after factoring in the slight additional cost for the paper, Lexington realized an overall savings of $5,000.

Moreover, the environmental benefits of switching to recycled paper and remanufactured toner cartridges meant that.
• The equivalent of about 626 fewer tress were used;
• The equivalent energy needed to run five homes was saved; and
• More than 55,000 pounds of carbon dixoide, or equivalent of about what five cars per year would use, would not be emitted as greenhouse gases.”

The recycled paper is one of several green initiatives at Lexington Medical Center. Lexington Medical Park 2 is the first medical office building in South Carolina to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Parts of the building were constructed with recycled materials and there is attention to air and water quality. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control named Lexington Medical Center its “Outstanding Air Quality Business of the Year” in 2008.

LMC Employees Receive LEED Accreditation


by Sarah McClanahan

Kevin Stanley, director of Engineering, and Todd Overcash, assistant director of Engineering, have both received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Professional Accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) are building industry professionals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building and the LEED Green Building Rating System™. According to Kevin and Todd, they can use their knowledge of LEED standards and practices to further Lexington Medical Center’s environmental goals of sustainability, conservation, and efficiency while contributing to overall employee health and productivity. Kevin and Todd spent one year attending workshops and studying LEED standards and supporting standards. Then, they had to pass the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam. Because Kevin and Todd better understand the standards and practices, they can explore new technologies and environmental solutions that not only save energy, but also create a better place to work for Lexington Medical Center employees. Since the LEED AP program launched in 2001, more than 75,000 people have earned the credential including 611 in S.C.

This important accreditation adds to Lexington Medical Center’s impact on green building. Lexington Medical Park 2, a medical office building on our hospital campus, was the first LEED-certified medical office building in South Carolina. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control named Lexington Medical Center its “Outstanding Air Quality Business of the Year” in 2008.

LMC Leader Nominated for Heart of Green Award

Mike Biediger, Lexington Medical Center’s president and CEO, is currently profiled on The Daily Green as a nominee for the prestigious Heart of Green Local Hero Award. The Daily Green website (www.thedailygreen.com) describes the awards in the following manner:

“With the Heart of Green Awards, we honor those people, organizations and companies that have taken the green message to the mainstream — to the “heart” of the American people. We honor those people who strike a chord with regular people — even those who don’t self-identify as “tree huggers.” We honor those who help us all live a more earth-friendly lifestyle.”

Here is the body of the nomination for Mike Biediger and Lexington Medical Center from the Daily Green website:

I would like to nominate Mike Biediger for a Heart of Green Local Hero Award. Mike is the president and CEO of Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina. I’ve worked with him for more than a year now and I have been continually impressed by his leadership in making his hospital as eco-friendly, patient- and employee-friendly as possible. Mike has made sustainable practices part of the very fabric of his organization and its culture.

Under Mike’s leadership, Lexington Medical Center recently built the first LEED-certified medical building in South Carolina. Lexington Medical Center has also become a leader in the global healthy hospital movement, working to create healthier environments for patients, families, staff and the community. They’ve done this by initiating their “better choices” healthy food program throughout the hospital; by maintaining an outstanding employee health and wellness program; by establishing a smoke-free campus and smoking cessation programs for staff; by establishing a water conservation program with new walk-in coolers that save 3 million gallons of water each year and waterless urinals that each save 40,000 gallons of water a year. The hospital even uses electric vehicles to shuttle patients around the medical complex.

Last year Lexington’s recycling program saved the equivalent of 4,038 trees, 970,000 kilowatts of electricity, and 110,000 gallons of oil. The hospital also eliminated 476 tons of carbon dioxide last year through its recycling program. It has been recognized for industry-leading recycling practices by the Business Recycling Assistance Program of the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control. Under Mike’s supervision, Lexington Medical Center was the first hospital in the state to become a member of the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP), a voluntary program that promotes environmental leadership. The hospital was also the recipient of a 2008 Spare the Air Award from the S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control.

Mike is the standard bearer in his organization and has empowered his leadership team to innovate and challenge the status quo within the healthcare industry. If you knew Mike, you’d know that he would be the last person to take credit for these achievements. He would point to his leadership team and staff – the people who have embraced the hospital’s mission and its commitment to sustainable practices.