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Environmental Excellence Award presented to HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

October 24, 2023 


Hospital News

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has been recognized nationally for its efforts to divert waste from landfills. 

The 2022 Environment Excellence Award was recently presented to hospital leadership by Medline ReNewal, a national medical supply company, manufacturer and distributor. 

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital diverted more than 1,550 pounds of medical device waste from landfills in 2022 by collecting single-use items and giving them to Medline ReNewal where they are sterilized, tested and repurposed according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards. According to Medline ReNewal, some items can be reprocessed up to 10 times before its lifespan ends.

“Being committed to environmental sustainability is an important part of our hospital mission,” says Emily Cinquegrana, manager of supply chain services at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “Preventing landfills from becoming overwhelmed reduces cost and carbon emissions and strengthens the supply chain industry. Reprocessing devices means minimizing reliance on products shipped from outside the U.S. and the materials used to create them.”

Medline ReNewal calculates the amount of diverted waste by using hospital collection data and device specific information. 

In 2022, the supply company reported 7.4 million devices were collected from its customers and more than 1.1 million pounds of waste did not go into a landfill, which equates to 40 million water bottles. 

About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit
Environmental Excellence Award presented to HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
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Karen Kraus

Communications Department HSHS Wisconsin