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Peterborough: A greener path to health care

By Dave Anderson
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Going green isn’t easy, but Monadnock Community Hospital is taking on the task. Unlike many organizations that focus their efforts in one or two areas, the Peterborough hospital is tackling all six of the challenges presented under the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a free national program designed to help hospitals increase the use of sustainable products while also lowering costs.

“It’s all voluntary,” said Laura Gingras, the hospital’s vice president for community relations, last week. “We are the first of the smaller critical access hospitals to get involved.”

Gingras is serving as the executive champion for the hospital’s team, which is focusing on six areas — engaged leadership, healthier food, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals and smarter purchasing.

Liz Fazio, the hospital’s environmental services manager, said the hospital has already made significant progress in reducing waste.

“Since 2010, we’ve had a big reduction in the amount of biohazard waste we generate,” Fazio said on Thursday. “The HHI target is that no more than 10 percent of waste material be biohazard. We are at 6 percent.”

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