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Monday, April 20, 2009 - Broward General Medical Center Celebrates Earth Day by Planting a Tree

Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2 p.m, near the main entrance of Broward General Medical Center. The public is invited.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward General Medical Center will celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree, a complement to the environmentally friendly efforts the organization has been making over the last several years.

The ceremony will take place at the hospital’s main entrance off of Andrews Avenue, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. The public is invited to attend.

“Planting a tree is symbolic of our commitment to a healthy environment and community,” said James Thaw, CEO of Broward General Medical Center. “Celebrating Earth Day reminds us of the precious gift of life and the importance of preserving our finite resources, an issue Broward General is dedicated to.”

Among the “green” efforts at Broward General Medical Center is a stimulated recycling program. The organization already recycles paper (in 2008 they recycled 708 tons of paper), but now they’re phasing in additional recycling opportunities across the campus. Broward General also encourages employees to turn the lights off in areas that won’t be used for more than one hour, and they turn off lights in the north parking garage during daylight hours.

Other efforts include reducing hazardous waste by recycling exhausted batteries, florescent lamps, printer toners, lead waste and lab waste; using green cleaning products (currently 90 percent of the cleaning products used at Broward General are environmentally friendly); and implementing the use of biodegradable cups, dishes and utensils in the cafeteria.

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has recognized Broward Health for their efforts for the past two years through the Emerald Award for Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction. This award is based on efforts to reduce and eliminate pollution and waste while increasing the efficient and sustainable use of resources at the source.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.