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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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I t's no secret that hospitals produce a lot of waste — with the worst offender being the surgery department. For the Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples, Minn., going green means more than just tossing a few extra bottles in recy- cling; it's engrained into everyday life. "The community plays a big role in our being green, since we're out in the middle of nowhere in a farming community," says Audrey Witucki, LPN, CST, an active member of the hospital's "Go Green" committee. "We don't want to waste the hot water, we want to mini- mize the garbage and help preserve the farmland out here. After all, the farmers are our patients." This year's OR Excellence Award Winner for Environmental Stewardship takes the commitment to the planet seriously, by reduc- ing, reusing and recycling wherever it can. "All of the waste will never be eliminated," says Ms. Witucki. "But, a healthcare facility that 'thinks green' can greatly decrease the amount 9 8 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S Environmental Stewardship Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn., goes green for its community. Audrey Witucki, LPN, CST z BOILER LICENSE Hannah Winter, CST, is a certified boiler operator like all other surgical techs at Lakewood.

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