Now medical waste that is generated at the hospital and also brought in from the outlying healthcare providers is transported through the halls of the small hospital to the equipment room, where the SteriMed® System 70 unit is installed. A machine operator loads the bags of medical waste, including sharps containers, into the waste receiver of the System 70. To safeguard the operator two buttons must be pushed simultaneously to close the lid. Then the operator pushes the start button to begin an automated, emission-free, process. The complete cycle takes about 20 minutes, after which the treated waste, Ploof ™, is automatically dumped into a plastic trash receptacle and wheeled out to the hospital's trash collector. "We don't have infectious waste storage issues any more," says Herring. "We dispose of our medical waste as needed – twice a day, once a week, before it starts to accumulate."
"Blue Mountain Hospital is a perfect example of a hospital that has adopted an environmentally and cost-effective alternative to incineration by using a clean air hybrid technology like SteriMed® which not only cut costs and health risks, but also provides tremendous environmental benefits to the communities within
," said SteriMed® Systems CEO
. "In addition to the environmental benefits of disposing of medical waste cleanly, safely and at the source, more and more healthcare companies are creating their own green initiatives. It's no longer good enough for hospitals to be great healthcare providers. They must also be great community partners and environmental stewards."
SteriMed has units in operation throughout the contiguous U.S. and overseas including the
U.S. Virgin Islands
, and on U.S. Navy ships. SteriMed® was also used during the
earthquake recovery efforts to provide emergency waste treatment. In addition to hospitals like Blue Mountain, SteriMed® units are used in other healthcare facilities such as dialysis centers, surgical centers, clinical laboratories, blood banks, veterinary offices, medical office buildings and any healthcare facility that generates medical waste, including sharps containers.
"SteriMed Systems is an environmentally friendly solution to the global problem of waste incineration," said
About Blue Mountain Hospital
The non-profit Blue Mountain Hospital, Inc. is an 11-bed critical access hospital serving the healthcare needs of the 15,000 residents of
San Juan County
. Located in
, the hospital opened in 2009 and achieved accreditation from The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 2013. The hospital provides emergency services, radiology, laboratory, general surgery, labor & delivery, and general hospital services. It also operates an eight-chair
, which is fairly unique for an independent rural hospital, and an in-house pharmacy that features the latest technology in medication dispensing. The hospital works closely with Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS), and its network of four clinics in
San Juan County
. The clinics refer patients to Blue Mountain Hospital for hospital and surgical services. For more information visit
About SteriMed Systems
SteriMed® Medical Waste Solutions was founded in 2002 in response to EPA and WHO reports which concluded that burning medical waste in incinerators generates the largest amount of the super toxins, dioxins, and is the third largest source of mercury in the environment. SteriMed® developed its line of innovative medical waste processors along with its unique biodegradable disinfectant. Based in
Farmington Hills, MI
, SteriMed® manufacturers two units, the smaller System 15 and the larger System 70. In addition the company developed its proprietary EPA-registered SteriCid® disinfectant. SteriMed® machines and SteriCid® are approved for use in all 50 states. For more information visit
. SteriMed is a member of Practice Greenhealth (
), the leading healthcare industry organization dedicated solely to continued improvement in the environmental impact of healthcare.
Note to editors: Photos and b-roll of Blue Mountain Hospital and the SteriMed
® unit are available at
, or by contacting Joanna Brody, 310-582-0085, Email.
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