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Baltimore - Nurse, Hospitals Awarded for Environmental Leadership

Charlotte Wallace, RN, a pediatric nurse and sustainability coordinator for Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD, received the Nursing Leadership in Environmental Health Award at the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment's Environmental Excellence in Health Care Conference Nov. 14 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

Wallace is one of only two nurses in Maryland to hold a sustainability position in a medical system. She has implemented many environmental initiatives at Anne Arundel Medical Center, including money-saving recycling programs, a farmers' market and the addition of environmental health information in newborn classes.

In addition, five Maryland hospitals received Trailblazer Awards for environmental leadership.

Deer's Head Hospital Center, Salisbury, MD, was honored for its extensive energy management program, expected to save more than 50 percent on utilities in the coming year.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, MD, was recognized for providing healthier diet options for patients, visitors and employees. The medical center reduced food waste by 1,100 pounds per month from March to August and installed hydration stations to encourage refilling reusable bottles with filtered water.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, was recognized for its furniture and supply recycling database that employees can access through the hospital's intranet. To date, 160 items have been donated, 354 reused in-house and 166 sold to employees for personal use.  

Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, was honored for a new employee garden. Employees have grown radishes, broccoli, spinach and herbs.

The University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, was honored for its New Moms' Pilot to Reduce Newborn Exposures to Pesticides program, in which nurses educate new moms on the health risks associated with pesticides. Families receive an educational DVD, a booklet and non-toxic pest control, cleaning and baby care product samples.

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