Marina Del Rey Hospital has received the Environmental Excellence Award from Sterilmed Inc., a Minnesota-based health care cost containment company and leading reprocessor of single-use medical devices.

The hospital was recognized as a best practice facility for its superior accomplishments in reducing environmental impact and improving overall health care sustainability through medical device recycling, according to Sterilmed.

“We are extremely proud to have received this honor and to be recognized as a leader in the health care community for our dedication to environmental excellence,” said Fred Hunter, president and chief executive officer of Marina Del Rey Hospital. “One of our many goals was to develop a successful reprocessing program that maximizes medical device waste reduction, and thanks to our staff’s tireless efforts we are helping to improve the health of our environment.”

Reprocessing and recycling medical devices have become essential components of sustainability programs in the health care community, a Sterilmed spokesperson said. The reprocessing efforts can not only decrease the magnitude of waste sent to landfills, but also reduce the cost of providing safe and effective medical devices to patients, the spokesperson noted.

“We are delighted to distinguish Marina Del Rey Hospital with an Environmental Excellence Award and congratulate them for their commitment to both financial sustainability and medical waste reduction in the community,” said Mike Gustafson, worldwide president of Sterilmed. “The hospital is steadfast in its reprocessing program and should be proud of the strides they’ve made in protecting the environment.”