Going Green is ‘the new black’ at Hollywood Private Hospital
Hollywood Private Hospital is at the forefront of waste management and recycling, with a series of campus initiatives helping to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint.
The Hollywood Environmental Committee has spearheaded the sustainability movement, which has been embraced by all departments, from engineering to restoration.
Initiatives include cash for containers, PVC plastics turned into garden hoses, the deployment of LED lighting and a TravelSmart program for staff.
CEO Peter Mott said these and many other eco-friendly initiatives are having a significant impact on the hospital.
“Ramsay Health Care’s energy, water and waste performance for fiscal 2020 (FY2020) showed reduced energy use and increased waste recycling in Hollywood,” said Mott.
“Energy consumption increased from 1,003,550 GJ in fiscal 2019 to 992,155 GJ in the previous fiscal year.
“Electricity consumption has decreased by over 3 million kWh and water consumption has been reduced by approximately 1,982 kL. Waste recycling increased by 4%, from 40% to 44%.
“These results are exceptional, especially given the growth in staff and infrastructure on campus. “
Above: Rohit Jethro, Director of Engineering, with Hollywood Private Hospital Sustainability Results.
Ramsay Health Care’s hospital operations manager Greg Hall said Caring for Our Planet is one of the three pillars of Ramsay Health Care’s sustainability agenda.
“We recognize that climate change is a critical issue, so we are focusing on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy and water consumption, reducing our use of unnecessary plastics. and increasing our recycling and sustainability initiatives, ”said Mr. Hall.
“We actively seek opportunities to engage with ethical and responsible suppliers who are committed to improving their sustainability performance and providing sustainable products. “
Mr Hall said it was part of Ramsay Health Care’s commitment to make a meaningful and positive difference for current and future generations.
Director of Procurement and Purchasing Robin Archer said recycling required strategic organization, but on a large-scale campus the benefits were huge.
“Items such as batteries need to be of maximum efficiency for use in medical equipment and are replaced regularly,” said Mr. Archer.
“We test used batteries and those with less than 80% charge are sent to an industrial recycling company for disposal.
“Batteries over 80% charged are sold to staff at 10 cents each for home use.”
“All proceeds go to the Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation.”
Medical equipment and surgical supplies that have passed their expiration dates are donated to animal welfare groups to help care for injured animals.
Hollywood has around 2,000 employees who are encouraged to leave their cars at home through an incentive program called TravelSmart. Staff are rewarded when they use alternative modes of transportation to get to work, such as cycling or public transport. About 400 employees take advantage of this offer.
Above: TravelSmart encourages staff at the Hollywood Private Hospital to cycle or use public transportation to get to work.
The Hollywood Private Hospital has been heavily involved in a Ramsay Health pledge to remove 24 million single-use plastic items from its Australian operations annually.
Food and beverage manager Peter Trusler said water jugs have replaced plastic water bottles in patient rooms and environmentally friendly alternatives have replaced cups, cutlery, plates and plastic straws.
Above: Catering manager Peter Trusler with water jugs for patients.
“If staff choose to use compostable take-out containers, they pay extra – with the profits going to the research foundation,” Trusler said.
“We send the used containers and organic waste from the food service to a commercial composting facility.
“Staff can then purchase $ 10 bags of treated compost for their gardens.
“The money collected is donated to the research foundation. “
Mr Trusler said staff also wear reusable fabric hairnets instead of disposable hairnets to reduce waste and landfill.
Above: Catering staff replaced disposable hairnets with fabric alternatives.
Engineering director Rohit Jethro said significant progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions through reduced electricity consumption over the past three fiscal years.
“We have benefited from an electricity reduction of 43 kWh per square meter, which equates to a total annual reduction of 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions,” Jethro said.
“The savings have amounted to about a month of free electricity each year over the past three fiscal years. “
The results were achieved by introducing energy efficient equipment and processes, such as the deployment of LED lighting, timers on lights and reducing air conditioning in non-essential areas.