GREENFIELD — Hancock Regional Hospital breaks ground today on a project officials hope will confirm the expression “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
In a collaborative effort with Fisk Services of Greenfield, the hospital will construct a new medical waste disposal facility utilizing ozone to sterilize medical “red bag” bio-hazard waste generated by the hospital, other area medical providers and local industries.
When broken down individually, each of the hospital’s 90 beds generates 53 pounds of medical waste per month, from needles and swabs to human tissue. Altogether, the hospital churns out some 57,000 pounds of red bag material annually.
For years, the hospital has contracted with global industry giant Stericycle, which uses incinerators and electro-thermal deactivation (heat, grinding and long-wave radio frequency) to treat and dispose of red-bag material. But hospital officials said the ozone technology was an opportunity too good to pass up.