SOURCE: Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm

April 17, 2012 11:26 ET

Sterilmed Sponsors US and European CleanMed Conferences for Health Care Sustainability

Reprocessed Products Gaining Popularity to Reduce Environmental Harm

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Apr 17, 2012) - Sterilmed, Inc., a leader in the reprocessing and remanufacturing of single-use medical devices in the United States, has announced that it will sponsor CleanMed, the nation's most important conference on health care sustainability, to be held in Denver, Co, April 30-May 2, 2012, as well as CleanMed Europe 2012, which will be held in Malmo, Sweden on Sept. 26-28, 2012.

"We welcome Sterilmed as a sponsor of CleanMed and CleanMed Europe," stated Gary Cohen, president of Health Care Without Harm, which founded and sponsors both CleanMed and CleanMed Europe. "An important component of sustainable health care is recycling and reusing medical products, so Sterilmed's sponsorship will increase the awareness among attendees of the safety and environmental aspects of reprocessed medical devices and other similar products."

Both CleanMed and CleanMed Europe conferences draw together hospitals engaging in sustainable health care, hospital personnel from all areas of hospital operations, including clinical staff, in addition to members of academia, business leaders, government representatives and others from communities that support hospital operations. This diverse community uses the conferences as an opportunity to share ideas and successes, discuss common issues, and set the agenda for future progress in health care sustainability.

"Sterilmed is very excited about this opportunity to support health care sustainability by sponsoring these two important conferences," stated Mike Gustafson, president of Sterilmed. "More and more, hospitals are turning to third-party reprocessing, which not only contributes to sustainability goals but also reduces costs. Even hospitals choosing not to use restored devices can still have a positive impact on the environment by allowing Sterilmed to collect the devices -- diverting literal tons of waste from traditionally expensive medical waste streams. Sterilmed is pleased to be part of this movement and contribute positively to the environment."

CleanMed is the premier global conference on environmentally sustainable health care. CleanMed's mission is to accelerate the health care sector's commitment to environmental sustainability and regenerative health to improve the health of people and the environment. For more information, visit www.cleanmed.org.

CleanMed Europe is THE European conference on sustainability within the health care sector. The conference addresses the environmental impact of the health care sector on a local, regional, and global level. CleanMed Europe offers a wide spectrum of presentations and workshops on today's most pressing environmental issues, presented by leading international experts and organisations. Founded in 2001 by the non-profit organization Health Care Without Harm, the conference serves as a clearing house for cutting-edge practices related to designing and building greener hospitals, creating healthier food systems and promoting preventive medicine. For more information, contact http://www.cleanmedeurope.org/index.php.