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having the boiler produce hot water all night, when no one was there, the hospital decided to program it to operate only during normal business hours. But that posed a problem, says Ms. Witucki. There were times employees were called in for an overnight case, and they couldn't turn on the boiler in sterile processing without a professional. So the hos- pital had all of its surgical techs complete a state course and exam to earn their boiler operator licenses, allowing them to turn it on and off as needed. It's an unusual move, agrees Ms. Witucki, but it was essen- tial for the eco-friendly facility. "It wasn't the most interesting topic to study, by far, but it really helps us out," she says. "It's good in 2 ways — we're helping the envi- ronment, and we're saving money." — Kendal Gapinski 1 0 5 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T

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