Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Norman Regional Health System is turning trash into treasure for man’s best friend. Used packaging material from the health system’s operating rooms is being donated to animal shelters to line the cages of dogs waiting for adoption.
The program started at Moore Medical Center when executive secretary Julie Robberson read about a national hospital that had a similar program. Operating room supplies are packaged and shipped in sterile, disposable pads. There is no use for these packaging materials and the health system had been throwing them away, until Robberson stepped in.
Now operating rooms at Moore Medical Center, the HealthPlex and Norman Regional Hospital are collecting the packaging and donating it to local animals in need – including those at the City of Moore’s animal shelter.
Staff at the animal shelter said they had been using newspaper to line the cages. The donated packaging is perfect for animals because of its absorbency and soft feel. The donated material also cleans up easier and faster than soiled newspapers.
This is one of the projects implemented by Norman Regional Health System’s Eco-Care Committee. The Committee has been in place for two years and has established several environmentally friendly initiatives.