UMMC Receives 2010 Trailblazer Award
The University of Maryland Medical Center is the recipient of a 2010 Trailblazer Award from Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MDH2E). The award, which was presented to the Medical Center at the MDH2E annual conference on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, recognizes the innovativeness of the Medical Center's new pharmaceutical waste program.
The program, entitled “The Safe Handling and Disposal of Hazardous Medications,” was implemented throughout the Medical Center beginning in January 2010. Since that time, the Medical Center has collected over 3,510 pounds of hazardous pharmaceutical waste for proper disposal, addressing a multitude of both worker and environmental safety issues. Furthermore, the policies and other educational materials that support this program can be easily transferred to other hospitals across the state of Maryland and beyond.
Denise Choiniere, UMMC's sustainability manager, was present at the reception to accept the award on behalf of the Medical Center. She was joined by Marc Summerfield, the Medical Center's director of Pharmacy and Bethany Shelbourne, the Medical Center's assistant director for Inpatient Pharmacy Services.
MDH2E is a grant-funded technical assistance and networking initiative that strives to promote sustainability in Maryland health care. Each year, the organization presents Trailblazer Awards to local hospitals that have shown leadership in advancing sustainability in a particular area of their operations. These “trailblazers” represent strong models for other hospitals seeking to advance sustainable health care practices by reducing their environmental footprint and raising the bar on achieving improved results.