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Driving for Health Care Sustainability in the Purest Sense

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BJC HealthCare is pleased to announce that Ascent, a division of Stryker Corporation has awarded Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center with the Healthy Hospital Award for outstanding sustainability efforts in 2010. The Ascent Healthy Hospital Award is given to hospital partners across the U.S. for outstanding performance in reducing environmental harm and improving overall hospital quality through medical device remanufacturing and reprocessing. Like many hospitals across the nation, these BJC hospitals in St. Charles County have focused on growing sustainability programs over the past few years to reduce the environmental footprint of health care delivery. One of the most impactful initiatives is the reprocessing and remanufacturing of single-use medical devices.

“True health care sustainability is a journey. Our reprocessing and remanufacturing programs are just one way we’re demonstrating our commitment to quality health care. We are thankful for our partnership with Ascent and are proud to be the recipients of this award,” John Antes, President, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center.

In 2010, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters diverted more than 3,000 pounds of medical waste from local landfills and realized $54,424 dollars in supply cost savings; likewise, Progress West diverted more than 1,856 pounds of medical waste from local landfills and realized $28,046 dollars in savings.  BJC HealthCare’s reprocessing partner, Ascent, collects the devices from the facilities, and then sterilizes them for safe re-use by following strict FDA guidelines. These strategies have enabled the hospitals to reallocate substantial resources to additional patient care quality initiatives. Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West are two of five BJC hospitals to be recognized by Ascent for environmental waste reduction. Also recognized were Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center are members of BJC HealthCare, one of the leading regional health care systems in the country. Both hospitals have received multiple Professional Research Consultants (PRC) awards for excelling in patient care.  For more information on either hospital, visit www.bjsph.org or www.progresswesthealthcare.org.