Mary Bucco, RN, from Women & Infants Hospital was recently presented with the Rhode Island Environmental Sustainability Award at the organizations Blue Wrap Blue Jean Ball. Mary led a team which represented the staff in the hospital’s Operating Room, along with Jennifer Braz, RN.
The team has been on a three-year grass roots journey to improve the recycling efforts in the Operating Room (OR). They began with recycling small cardboard boxes that are generated from OR supplies, locating a space to store the recyclables and educating their colleagues about the process. As compliance with cardboard recycling took hold, they began to explore ways to recycle the plastics that are generated from OR supplies. The OR team is currently recycling approximately 15 to 18 30-gallon bags of materials each week – materials that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill.
Beverly Migliore of Brown University’s Children’s Environmental Health Center said, “The review committee was exceptionally pleased with your continued commitment to recycling and waste reduction initiatives in the OR. Thank you for the exceptional work you do in the field of environmental sustainability.”
The Rhode Island Sustainability Awards, in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the City of Providence and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island, are offered to health care individuals, institutions and agencies that have demonstrated leadership in sustainability initiatives and serve as models for their peers. The Environmental Champion Award is given to a health care worker in Rhode Island who displays leadership and exemplifies excellence in environmental health and sustainability in health care.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the eighth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with nearly 8,400 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the National Institutes of Health’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.