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.

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