Augusta, GA - Doctors Hospital of Augusta has been awarded the 2009 Healthy Hospital Award from Ascent Healthcare Solutions for saving money and reducing medical waste by more than 5,000 pounds.

The Ascent Healthy Hospital Award is given for outstanding performance in reducing environmental harm and improving overall hospital quality through medical device remanufacturing and reprocessing.

In 2009, Doctors Hospital reduced supply costs by $131,956, important savings redirected to key patient care initiatives. At the same time, using remanufactured and reprocessed devices, the hospital reduced medical waste by 5,872 lbs.

Ascent Healthcare Solutions annually recognizes hospitals and hospital networks that achieve outstanding results from their reprocessing and remanufacturing programs. Many devices marketed as ‘single use’ (SUDs) can, with the right clinical and technical expertise, be remanufactured by Ascent to perform at their original level for one or more additional uses. On top of this, rather than throwing away the medical devices collected by Ascent that can’t be reprocessed, Ascent works with local recycling companies to break these devices down into their component parts so they can be recycled appropriately.

Hospitals and hospital networks across the nation are pursuing initiatives to reduce environmental harm. Reprocessing and remanufacturing single-use devices stands out as an environmental practice that not only radically reduces the amount of medical waste, but at the same time frees significant resources for the hospital – and these results are achieved immediately and with no capital investment.

In the healthcare industry, reprocessing and remanufacturing have been hailed as breakthrough programs that uniquely realize the simultaneous demands for better resource utilization and more green practices.

About Doctors Hospital
Since its founding over 35 years ago, Doctors Hospital has become Augusta's premier healthcare provider by listening to our patients and responding to the evolving needs of our community. The hospital today is a full service medical/surgical facility, located in the heart of Augusta's fastest growing area, committed to quality healthcare services, advanced diagnostic/treatment technologies, and wellness resources. In addition to Orthopedics, Doctors Hospital specializes in Cancer Care, Women’s Services, and is home of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which cares for over 3,000 patients annually.

About Ascent Healthcare Solutions
Ascent Healthcare Solutions has pioneered the notion of the ‘healthy hospital’ as a hospital that simultaneously reduces waste and gives the hospital a significant financial boost simply from reducing unnecessary supply costs. With the industry’s most extensive and impactful reprocessing/remanufacturing program, Ascent is a strong and important sustainability partner for Doctors Hospital of Augusta.