Downtown Hospital Gets Environmental Honors
Los Angeles Downtown News
April 26, 2017

DTLA – People rarely if ever think of operating rooms and sustainability at the same time. However, a Downtown Los Angeles medical institution will receive three awards for environmental moves.

Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center announced last week that it is receiving the “Greening the OR Recognition Award” from Practice Greenhealth, which addresses sustainability in health care. In 2016, the 318-bed hospital at 1401 S. Grand Ave. reprocessed nearly 9,000 pounds of medical devices, and recycled surgical plastics including trays and skin prep bottles, according to the hospital. CHMC also is receiving Practice Greenhealth’s “Emerald Award,” which honors institutions that eliminate mercury and reduce and recycle waste, and an award for environmentally preferable purchasing programs. “The ecology programs at California Hospital Medical Center are focused on care of the environment as an integral part of the care of our patients and community,” said Kim Ray, co-chair of the hospital’s Environmental Action Committee. “The hospital has a robust recycling program that touches everything from paper and plastic to e-waste and packaging in the hospital.”