Environmental Stewardship in our Ministries

While our commitment to environmental stewardship includes system-wide efforts around purchasing and resource conservation, we're also relying on the passion of our Caregivers to make a difference in our environmental footprint. Below are a few examples of the work being done on the local and regional levels.

 

The Providence Centralia Hospital Foundation in Centralia, Washington, has been awarded a $238,036 grant from Centralia TransAlta to install a 280-panel solar array on the roof of the hospital's surgical care wing. The new solar system is expected to produce more than 104,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy each year. This project is 100% grant funded and is the largest system of its kind installed to date on a hospital in the state of Washington.

By choosing to use Sevoflurane instead of Desflurane as an anesthetic agent, Providence Portland Medical Center cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which would be the same environmental impact as driving 1.2 million miles in a Hummer. This tremendous environmental success is now being replicated at other ministries throughout the organization.
After years of effort, Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana achieved a major waste reduction milestone - more than 50 percent of their waste is now being recycled or safely diverted away from landfill or incineration.
Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska has found a number of inventive options for donating items they cannot use at the ministry. They donate to the “Arc of Anchorage” which supports individuals with developmental disabilities. They give furnishings to Habitat for Humanity. They donate items that are in disrepair to “Anchorage re:MADE” who repairs and resells while supporting people in times of need. They donate items to the ACE lending closet, which helps provide medical supplies to individuals who need them. They partner with a local company, Alpine Fit, that is using blue surgical wrap to make masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They partner with a local company to take rag laundry. And they recycle within the ministry, with a process to see if any item can be used in another department before it is donated!
Several Providence ministries in Washington State (including the St. Peter Hospital campus, our corporate campus in Renton, Swedish Issaquah and Providence Marionwood in Issaquah) will soon purchase all of their electricity from a renewable energy source - a large solar farm currently being developed near Goldendale, in eastern Washington. This purchase agreement between Providence and Puget Sound Energy will both save utility cost and deliver clean power beginning in April of 2021.
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH) partners with Sonoma Food Runners to donate safe, unused food to local shelters and neighborhood food programs, while reducing food waste by composting in kitchens and from trays.

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