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Northeast Ohio Hospital System Announces New “Green” Initiative
Date:12/9/2009

Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) is working to lessen its impact on the environment with the introduction of a Sharps Management System at all three of its acute care hospitals. St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Boardman and St. Joseph health centers are now using Bio Systems reusable containers by Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL). By choosing reusable containers that keep plastic out of landfills, HMHP is increasing its commitment to the environment and reducing its carbon footprint.

Youngstown, OH (Vocus) December 8, 2009 -- Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) is working to lessen its impact on the environment with the introduction of a Sharps Management System at all three of its acute care hospitals. St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Boardman and St. Joseph health centers are now using Bio Systems reusable containers by Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL). By choosing reusable containers that keep plastic out of landfills, HMHP is increasing its commitment to the environment and reducing its carbon footprint.

Each month approximately 5,000 pounds of sharp objects such as needles, syringes, scalpels and blades are used throughout HMHP’s acute care hospitals. Disposable sharps containers end up in landfills.

“By switching to reusable containers, we plan to eliminate thousands of sharps containers from going to the landfill each year. This program is not only good for the environment. It reduces our disposable costs and allows us to reinvest in more healthcare programs to benefit staff, patients and our community,” says Matt Waggle, HMHP director of environmental services.

Each reusable container saves the equivalent of 600 disposable containers from going to landfills. Since 1986, U.S. hospitals using the Stericycle Sharps Management System Bio Services reusable containers have kept more than 73 million disposable containers out of landfills.

A recent study by the University of Chicago Hospitals and published in JAMA(1) found that the American healthcare sector accounts for 8 percent of the U.S. carbon footprint. The analysis found that hospitals are by far the largest contributor of carbon emissions in the healthcare sector. By using the Sharps Management Systems Bio Services, the average 200-bed acute care hospital is able to divert more than 13,000 pounds of CO2 or the equivalent of 679 gallons of gasoline.

As hospitals begin to explore environmental practices, “green teams” are seeking ways to improve facility and health systems’ practices. Earlier this year, HMHP stepped up paper, cardboard, plastic and glass recycling efforts through a partnership with the Mahoning County Green Team. Additional efforts are underway and over the next year, HMHP will be using Stericyle’s Carbon Footprint Estimator to assess its current carbon impact and continue to lessen its CO2 emissions.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners:
Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) is a member of Catholic Healthcare Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S. HMHP is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care, residential and long-term care, as well as hospice care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, Humility of Mary Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph health centers, St. Elizabeth emergency and diagnostic centers in Boardman and Austintown, and the St. Joseph Outpatient Surgery Center in Howland have achieved Magnet recognition status, the gold standard of patient care. Learn more about HMHP online at www.HMpartners.org.

About Stericycle:
Lake Forest, IL-based Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL) is a leader in healthcare-related services that protect people and reduce risk. With more than 430,000 customers worldwide, Stericycle has operations in North America, Europe, and Latin America. Visit www.stericycle.com.

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(1) source: The University Chicago Medical Center            

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