LETTER: Sustainability effort is incomplete

I read with great interest the article “Going Green” [Hospitals look high and low for ways to cut energy use, June 14]. The positive changes that Eskenazi Health has made with its new hospital are nothing short of groundbreaking. But one area where Eskenazi Health lags behind its peers in Indianapolis is in the use of reusable isolation gowns. United Hospital Services serves some 5 million reusable isolation gowns annually but not one to Eskenazi Health Hospital. These reusable isolation gowns reduce solid waste streams by 500 tons annually, but Eskenazi Health is not contributing to this reduction. Reusable isolation gowns have been used in the greater Indianapolis area for over 20 years. These state-of-the-art gowns are just as comfortable, effective and economical, if not more so, than their disposable counterparts. I applaud Eskenazi Health’s sustainability efforts but there is more work to be done.

Edward McCauley
President & CEOUnited Hospital Services

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