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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2011

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Lee Turza (864)255-1015; 449-6370 Janice Peele (864)255-1397; 243-1527

St. Francis Earns National Environmental Award

Energy Reduction, Recycling Achievements at St. Francis deemed “Best of Best” in Healthcare

GREENVILLE, SC – From reducing overall power consumption by more than12%, saving 8.3 million gallons of water through more efficient clinical systems, to handing every employee a reusable mug to reduce Styrofoam, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is in a significant culture change for optimal use of resources and a fulfilling a Mission commitment to be “Good Help for a better planet.”

This week, those achievements also led to national recognition.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System was the only health system in the country to earn the prestigious 2011 Environmental Leadership Circle Award from Practice GreenHealth -- a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.

“We’re very serious about our stewardship for God’s creation. This path has led us to incredible achievements that promote the health of our patients, staff and our community,” said Mark Nantz, St. Francis CEO. “We are very proud that these programs are now being recognized as a model on a national scale.”

Award winners are chosen by the Practice Greenhealth award review team and must meet stringent criteria including mercury-free purchasing, recycling of at least 25 percent of their total waste stream, implementing recycling and pollution prevention programs and launching innovative employee and community programs to foster local sustainability.

Sister Rosemary Moynihan, SC, Bon Secours Health System’s director of ecology and global ministries stated, “Bon Secours is extremely proud of all of our Bon Secours facilities’ achievements in ecological sustainability. This year, we are especially proud and grateful to Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for the work that team has accomplished. They have clearly raised the bar for environmental excellence and are setting the standards for ecological stewardship.”

St. Francis’ ecological strategy is focused on four fronts: reduce, recycle, replenish and reuse with highlights including:

Reduce

  • $784,000 saved in energy costs over the past two years; based on Energy Star’s calculations this equals nearly $16 million in revenue

  • Through Energy Star’s water efficiency program St. Francis-eastside saved 8.3 million gallons of water by removing two medical vacuum systems

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