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OR Excellence 2019 Awards - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - September 2019

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 5 F rom blue wrap to plas- tic film to white card- board, ORs produce millions of mounds and millions of pounds of waste per year. Rather than cart it away to landfills, Monongahela Valley (Pa.) Hospital recy- cles its rubbish into park benches and blue wrap blankets. This trash-to-trea- sure mentality earned the community hospital in western Pennsylvania this year's OR Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship. "When it comes to environmentally friendly ideas, everybody is encouraged to think outside the box," says Darcie Opalko, MBA, MS, RN, CNOR, CSSM, the director of surgical services at Monongahela Valley. With this team-based, anything-goes approach to going green, no ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP Trash to Treasure: Going Green for the Greater Good Monongahela Valley Hospital reduces OR waste to help the environment — and the less fortunate. Jared Bilski | Senior Associate Editor • TRANSFORMED Monongahela Valley (Pa.) Hospital donates thousands of pounds of blue wrap to an organization that turns it into park benches. Monongahela Valley (Pa.) Hospital

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