Hospital staff all charged up

July 25, 2012 

Louis Katchis of Mariner's Hospital staff charges up his car at the hospital's new electric vehicle charging station.

The staff and patients at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier have a new way to embrace energy conservation.

One parking space in the Mariners Hospital parking lot now boasts its own electric vehicle charger, which is free for use by employees, patients and hospital visitors.

The Tavernier hospital installed the electric vehicle charger as part of its green program. “Like the hospital, where we offer the latest in medical technology, we want to stay current with our environmental initiatives,” said hospital CEO Rick Freeburg.

Florida Keys Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE) has certified Mariners Hospital as a Green Business in recognition of its waste management/recycling, paper usage and electricity and water conservation.

Mariners reports it's the only hospital in Monroe County to meet those sustainability standards. Nationally, the hospital has received the Partner for Change Award in 2011 and 2012. The award, given by national organization Practice Greenhealth, is presented to hospitals, healthcare providers and organizations that are committed to environmental stewardship and continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and source reduction programs.

Mariners Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net

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