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  • Power reduction: $20,000 annual saving through innovative power use, receiving designation from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering’s (ASHE) Energy Efficiency Commitment (E2C) program; ASHE is a membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA)

  • Implemented a system-wide “Mercury-free” purchasing policy

  • Biodegradable eco mugs given to employees and sold to visitors with free tea/coffee refills


  • Recycling of total waste improved by 28% by adding new items to recycling program

  • 2.336 tons waste prevented in single-use device processing, a savings of $134,000

  • Guest Services employees wear suits made in part from recycled plastic bottle “fibers”—

each suit contains the plastic of about 25 bottles


  • The on-site Worm Farm at the St. Francis Community Garden converts 599 lbs. of Food Services’ trim waste into compost for the garden

  • Proceeds from the sale of “Worm Tea” liquid fertilizer—a by-product of the worm composting—is invested into the Community Garden

  • Farmers Markets offering fresh, South Carolina produce at each hospital


  • Internal Catering replaced foam and plastic with reusable tableware, reducing foam/plastic usage by 2000 cups, 3,000 plates and 1,000 each of knives, forks and spoons

  • 3.96 tons waste prevented through a reusable sharps container program, a savings of $10,000

As part of St. Francis effort to engage employees system-wide in understanding and adopting environmentally-conscious work/life styles, a music video called “Every Day is Earth Day” was produced using local talent as song-writers, singers and performers. Music video “artists” include all levels of the organization from CEO, COO, nurses, and guest services to food service staff.

The video is available on the St. Francis website, www.stfrancishealth.org ,and on St. Francis’ YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/bonSecoursStFrancis.

“All of our members are committed to improving health care’s environmental performance, but there is an illustrious group of facilities setting the highest standards,” said Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall. “They are the best of the best, the recipients of our top award. St. Francis has introduced extensive environmental strategies into health care and is committed to achieving further improvements.”

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit, integrated healthcare delivery system. Under the sponsorship of Bon Secours Ministries, St. Francis has 319 beds and includes: St. Francis Hospital – downtown, St. Francis Hospital – eastside, St. Francis Millennium campus, the St. Francis Outpatient Center and the Upstate Surgery Center. Services include orthopedics, cardiac care, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, surgical services, women’s health services, home care, hospice, community outreach and business health services. For more information, go to www.stfrancishealth.org.

About Practice Greenhealth Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of


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