Parkview Health generates over 10 tons of medical waste from the operating rooms and inpatient floors of their nine hospitals from single-use surgical and medical equipment. This waste is costly to dispose of and negatively impacts Parkview’s environmental footprint.
Utilizing the six sigma DMAIC process, Supply Chain developed a charter to review the collection and disposal of these one-time use items and develop an efficient method for collection disposal while achieving financial and green improvements. Single-use items were identified, and proposals were sent to OR and medical surgical vendors to provide collection and disposal solutions. A vendor was chosen to collect and dispose of all single-use equipment in the OR and medical surgical floors of the hospitals. The awarded vendor provided collection service at no cost, provided rebate credits for vendor-provided collected items and utilizes a certified landfill-free disposal process.
The collection and disposal service were implemented in March 2019. More than 88,000 one-time used items were collected/disposed in the OR space and medical surgical floors of the hospitals by using this service, diverting over 8 tons of medical waste from the landfill. The collecting vendor paid nearly $60,000 in rebates for vendor-purchased collected items and an estimated $2,000 was saved in waste disposal costs.
About Parkview Health
Parkview Health is northeast Indiana’s largest healthcare provider, consisting of ten hospitals and a physicians group with more than 800 providers. With more than 13,000 employees serving a population of 890,000, the not-for-profit health system’s mission is to improve the health and inspire the well-being of the communities it serves.