Mt. Shasta, Calif. – In recognition for its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability we are proud to share that our strategies have won us a national award. Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta received the Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
“This award reflects a true group effort and exemplifies the Dignity Health core value of stewardship. Each hospital department has established goals related to sustainability and practices that benefit the health care environment. We take great pride in our efforts and partnership with the national Practice Green Health organization,” said Katy Chapman, Chairperson of the Mercy Medical Center Green Team.
In health care, sustainability means looking at how our operations affect the health and safety of our environment as well as the health of our patients, staff, visitors and local community.
Strategies to address sustainability include introducing New Gen compostable surgery supplies, sourcing some food purchases from local sustainable companies, implemented the use of compostable paper plates and bowls made of recycled materials in the Agape Café, and started a waste reduction system in our kitchen that diverts produce waste to a local chicken farmer and coffee grounds waste to a local worm composter.
We have made great strides toward reducing our impact on the environment, and we are committed to doing even more.
About Dignity Health North State
Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need. In 2019, the Dignity Health North State Hospitals cared for more than 90,000 people and provided more than $22 million in community benefit to the region we serve. The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living. Visit www.mercy.org to learn more.