LTN Staff Reports
Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln recently earned a national award recognizing the hospital for its commitment to environmental excellence.
Specifically, the Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award was granted to CMC-Lincoln, along with the hospital system’s Charlotte location, for a demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. The honor is bestowed upon those health care facilities “that have established environmental programs and have worked to continuously improve and expand upon these programs on the path to sustainability,” noted a Carolinas HealthCare System press release.
“We believe that a healthy community starts with a healthy environment,” said Pete Acker, president of CMC-Lincoln. “We’re proud to receive this award, which recognizes the efforts we’re making to put this belief into action.”
In attaining the award, CMC-Lincoln implemented various efforts, including recycling nearly a fifth of its total waste volume, as well as participating in initiatives to create “green” operating rooms by reprocessing materials and diverting waste produced.
The hospital also significantly outperforms national benchmarks for the amount of waste it generates per full-time employee, and it is set to reduce its paper waste even further with its recent adoption of electronic medical records.
CMC-Lincoln additionally was cited for environmentally friendly features, such as the use of an electric vehicle to maximize fuel efficiency while transporting patients and visitors around hospital grounds. The hospital was also recognized for the green features that went into its very construction, including reclaimed brick salvaged from a local mill, a highly reflective roof to reduce harmful atmospheric heat and a rain garden to serve as a wetland for aquatic vegetation.
“From the moment we laid the first recycled brick for this hospital, we’ve had a focus on sustainability,” said Teresa Watson, vice president of administration at CMC-Lincoln. “Through continued efforts – from recycling to going electronic – we’re carrying that commitment through the present and into the future.”