Burlington, Vt. - The University of Vermont Medical Center is being recognized for its initiative to reduce waste in operating rooms.
Vizient, Inc. is giving UVM Medical Center the Sustainability Excellence Award for its "blue wrap" recycling program.
The program was expanded hospital-wide in 2016. It aims to recycle blue wrap, the material used to wrap surgical instruments for sterilization. Since 2010, UVM Medical Center has recycled more than 40 tons of blue wrap.
In 2016, the program partnered with Casella Waste Management.
"At the UVM Medical Center, we believe environmental sustainability is integral to the health of our community. The success of our blue wrap recycling program is a result of passionate employees working together to make a difference," said President and Chief Operating Officer of the UVM Medical Center, Eileen Whalen.
UVM Medical Center will also be given the Supply Chain Excellence in Innovation Award for work in developing a mobile app that allows physicians to get up-to-date information on specific products for patient care, helping them make better informed decisions. This lead to significant cost savings throughout the UVM Health Network, according to a release from the UVM Medical Center.
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