Bradley Memorial Gets EPA Commendation
Southington [July 19 2006] -
Bradley Memorial Hospital was recently selected by the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive its prestigious Environmental Merit Award, in recognition of its “exceptional work and commitment to the environment in 2005.”
The Environmental Merit Award is an annual award that recognizes outstanding environmental advocates who have made significant contributions toward preserving and protecting our natural resources.
The EPA award is the second recognition garnered for environmental commitment by the hospital this year. Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H?E) — Making Medicine Mercury-Free, a national organization that encourages hospitals to take a pledge to eliminate mercury, commended the hospital in 2005.
Tom Vaccarelli, director of facilities, explained that Bradley Memorial anticipated the need by reorganizing the hospital to discontinue the use of mercury before it took the pledge. “We’ve already made New Britain General and Bradley Hospitals mercury-free, and we’re installing additional environmentally-sound policies in both hospitals,” Vaccarelli said.
Vaccarelli said that the hospital was proud to be recognized by the EPA and said his department will continue to “be proactive in making our facilities as environmentally responsible as possible.”
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