OR Initiative Saves Hospital System $692K

Environmental Leader

August 12, 2015

Spectrum Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit healthcare system, saved $692,000 through Green the OR, a Practice Greenhealth initiative that focuses on reducing cost, waste and exposure to hazardous chemicals in the operating room.
Around 30 percent of the hospital’s waste comes from its operating room, so reuse and recycling in the OR is a big part of its sustainability program. By diverting 12,145 pounds of single-use devices from the waste stream, the healthcare organization saved $669,000. Sharps containers are reused up to 500 times, resulting in the diversion of 78 tons of waste from landfills. To date, the healthcare organization has recycled and repurposed 75,000 pounds of blue wrap used in the operating room.