Adventist Medical Center Saves 120 Tons of Paper

Tue Sep 8, 2009 1:49pm EDT

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PORTLAND, Ore.--(Business Wire)--
Adventist Medical Center (AMC), a not-for-profit, faith-based health system
operating a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services in the
Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., areas, has saved more than 120 tons
(239,075 lbs.) of paper through shredding and recycling during the past 12
months. According to Cintas Document Management, the southeast Portland, Ore.,
hospital`s paper recycling efforts are equivalent to saving:

* 2,032 Trees 
* 359 Cubic Yards of Landfill 
* 239 Barrels of Oil 
* 836,765 Gallons of Water

"Adventist Medical Center is proud to support the whole health of our
communities - both through our sustainability efforts as well as community
health and wellness programs," said Lyndee Lawrence, director of hospitality
services for AMC. "At Adventist, we`ve worked to make recycling easy and
accessible for our employees, which we hope will continue to increase
participation throughout our health system." 

AMC`s recycling data was analyzed by Cintas Document Management and only
includes confidential documents that were recycled. The Portland hospital has
worked with Cintas since 2005 to safely collect, shred and recycle health-system
paperwork, while remaining in compliance of all regulatory patient
confidentiality requirements. In addition to confidential paperwork, the
hospital estimates recycling more than 28,400 lbs. of non-confidential paperwork
and 115,650 lbs. of cardboard during the past 12 months. 

About Adventist Medical Center

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit,
302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and
emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. AMC is a
member of Adventist Health, headquartered in Roseville, Calif. The organization
represents regional delivery networks spanning California, Hawaii, Oregon and

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit,
faith-based health system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and
Washington. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist heritage of Christian health
care, Adventist Health is comprised of 17 hospitals with more than 2,600 beds,
approximately 17,500 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, the
largest system of rural health clinics in California, 14 home care agencies and
four joint-venture retirement centers. For more information, visit or

Adventist Health
Judy Leach, Director, 503-251-6162
Shannon Riggs, 503-546-7885

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