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Rex Healthcare Awarded for Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact

Through nine-year partnership, Rex keeps more than 2 million pounds of surgical waste out of landfill

February 22, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. - On February 17, Rex Healthcare received the Eco Sense award from Sterile Recoveries, Inc (SRI) for its dedication to reducing its environmental footprint through purchase of environmentally friendly surgical products. Through a long-term partnership with SRI Surgical, Rex Healthcare has reduced more than 2 million pounds of surgical waste, amounting to nearly $500,000 in savings from 2001 to 2010, in pursuit of a sustainable operating room environment.

"Rex Healthcare has always provided the best surgical services, but we're also doing so while benefiting the community and the environment. We are thrilled to be recognized with this award." said Jayne Byrd, Rex associate vice president of Surgical Services. "Our commitment to public health is now extending beyond patient services to include initiatives that keep our planet healthy. This partnership is one of many that shows Rex Healthcare is doing its part to keep North Carolina green."

By using reusable sterile surgical linens, basins and instruments, Rex reduces its environmental impact and decreases health care costs all while maintaining a safe and sterile operating room. FDA regulated processing of the reusable surgical products improves operating efficiency and patient safety before, during and after surgical procedures.

For 16 years, Rex Healthcare has been the leading surgery provider in Wake County. As a leader in surgical services, Rex is the only hospital with state-of-the-art, fully functional digital operating rooms in Wake County, offering the best surgical technology and capabilities in the southeastern United States.