The Sustany® Foundation (Sustany®) and the City of Tampa awarded Florida Hospital Carrollwood with the Green Business Designation at a ceremony in the hospital’s garden on March 19, 2014. As the first hospital in Hillsborough County to be recognized for sustainable practices, Florida Hospital Carrollwood launched a green initiative in 2011 and has since saved 2.4 million kilowatts of energy, 583,307 gallons of water, 71,163 gallons of oil, 3,184 trees and 1,861 cubic yards of landfill.
In an effort to provide services that sustain people and the environment for the future, Florida Hospital Carrollwood operated to decrease consumption of fuel, water and energy.
“We are committed to healing the body, mind and spirit. This includes a healing environment. We believe our sustainability effort will help promote good health and wellness in a healthier environment and to safeguard the environment for our patients, physicians, staff and the entire community,” says Joe Johnson, CEO of Florida Hospital Carrollwood. “We will continue to capture new opportunities for sustainable growth.”
“Florida Hospital Carrollwood has created an excellent foundation for sustainability within their organization. Particularly impressive is their Green Team, comprised of employees, who recognized their collective environmental impacts as well as how their individual department roles are interconnected by social and economic concerns. As the hospital progresses in their efforts, they will continue to not only have a positive impact upon those they serve, but along their entire value and supply chain, says Jenna Civitello, Executive Director at Sustany®.
The Hospital worked with Tampa Electric to identify ways to reduce energy and partnered with Stericycle to identify recycling opportunities. As a result, the Hospital replaced more than incandescent bulbs with halogen par lamps, compact fluorescents or low voltage track lighting, established a purchasing policy to only purchase ENERGY STAR® products, monitored and reported monthly statistics related to waste and recycling, launched monthly education workshops to inform clinical staff about recycling opportunities, reserved parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles and carpoolers and launched a Green Team, to review the Hospital’s progress and strategize new ways to help save the environment.
Since January 2014, the Hospital decreased mainstream waste (regular garbage) by recycling more and donating outdated non-medicine supplies to local not-for-profit organizations and 30,683 lbs. of recycling, which is equivalent to 261 trees saved, 5,830 gallons of oil saved, 28,700 gallons of water saved, 234,486 kilowatts of energy saved, 176 cubic yards of landfill.
About Florida Hospital Carrollwood
Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a member of the Adventist Health System. Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a 120-bed community hospital specializing in Spine and Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Cardiac Services, Neurological Services, General Medicine, Wound Healing, ENT, Diabetes Management, Metabolic & Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, as well as other services that meet our mission of healing the mind, body and spirit. In addition to their reputations for surgical excellence, its Knee and Metabolic & Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeons are known for their revision work, correcting procedures done elsewhere. Its world-renowned Spine Surgeons perform specialized procedures not available elsewhere in the world. In addition, Florida Hospital Carrollwood is the only hospital in the eight-county Tampa Bay area to utilize the Mazor Renaissance™ Spine Robot. The Radiation Department provides the only nuclear camera with low dose in the state of Florida and utilizes the first KineGraph VMA™ available in the world for Spine. Florida Hospital Carrollwood is a HIMSS Level 7-designated hospital, one of only 2% in the United States. It’s new 25 private-room Surgical Care Unit is a model for the safe hospital of the future. Florida Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and is the only hospital in Hillsborough County to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ Accreditation in Advanced Inpatient Diabetes and Spinal Surgery. Florida Hospital Carrollwood holds the Surgical Review Corporation Center of Excellence designation for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The Hospital collaborates with its physicians and clinicians to provide wellness education for a healthier community. Visit http://www.fhcarrollwood.org