The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday with the announcement of an environmental sustainability program aimed at reducing waste and increasing environmental awareness.
“As large consumers of energy and generators of waste, hospitals and health care systems can contribute to environmental stress,” said Peter Guarisco, vice president of Mission. “It is important to our Catholic mission to be good stewards of God’s creation and mindful of our health system’s impact on the environment in Louisiana.”
Through a partnership with Waste Reduction Services, FMOLHS is implementing system-wide, environmentally-friendly solutions for recycling, biomedical waste reduction and confidential document disposal. The program also includes education, training and clerical support for staff members throughout the health system.
“The initiative supports our organizational efforts to reduce costs and more importantly furthers our involvement and responsibility in the care of the environment,” said Guarisco.
The environmental sustainability program will be initiated in all FMOLHS facilities, including Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe and Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa.
As a member of the Catholic Healthcare Association, FMOLHS supports its “Faithfully Healing the Earth” initiative that advances the health of communities by addressing crucial environmental issues. The escalating problem of global warming is a specific cause of concern for Catholic health care providers, many of which are taking action like FMOLHS on behalf of Creation and the poor to reduce their carbon footprint.
Hospitals and facilities implement the new program beginning today, Tuesday, April 22 with a goal of having all processes rolled out by October 4 in celebration of the feast of St. Francis.