GBMC Recognized for “Green” Hospital Efforts|
May 01, 2012
GBMC Recognized for “Green” Hospital Efforts
Organization To Receive Practice Greenealth Environmental Excellence Award at CleanMed 2012 Conference
BALTIMORE, Md. – May 2, 2012 – In recognition of the organization’s significant earth-friendly accomplishments, GBMC HealthCare, parent company of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center hospital and Gilchrist Hospice Care, has been named a winner of a Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Partner for Change Award. GBMC representatives will accept the organization’s award today at the CleanMed 2012 national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability in Denver, Colo.
“GBMC is committed to maintaining a healthy, sustainable environment, which aligns with our mission of Health. Healing. Hope,” said Michael Forthman, GBMC’s vice president of facilities. “In addition to focusing on providing excellent patient care, we have incorporated environmental responsibility as a critical part of our mission.”
GBMC has made significant strides in our commitment to sustainability, including:
In the hospital’s cafeteria,
Additionally, GBMC’s Green Team organizes an annual Earth Day event to promote environmentally responsible behavior, both at work and at home. This year’s event, held April 23, featured three zones: Home/Energy, Food, and GBMC/Work. The event drew more than 1,000 visitors (employees, patients, and community members) and included recycling stations for cell phones/accessories, eyeglasses, and alkaline batteries.
In 2012, GBMC plans to reduce the organization’s environmental impact even further by implementing a comprehensive waste separation and recycling program aimed at reducing regulated medical waste and attain additional energy savings by installing motion sensors on light fixtures.
GBMC HealthCare includes Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a 281 bed acute care not-for-profit hospital which opened in 1965 and provides Health, Healing and Hope;; Greater Baltimore Medical Associates, a group of more than 40 multi-specialty physician practices on the hospital’s Towson campus and locations across the region; Greater Baltimore Health Alliance, an alliance of GBMC-employed and private practicing physician partners; Gilchrist Hospice Care, Maryland’s largest hospice organization offering care in-home as well as in a 34-bed inpatient center on the GBMC Towson campus and at a 10-bed inpatient center in Howard County; and the GBMC Foundation, which raises funds to support the organization’s mission. For more information, visit www.gbmc.org