A.O. Fox Hospital, part of Bassett Healthcare Network, recently received the 2019 Financial Sustainability Silver Award from Centurion Service Group, which annually recognizes top U.S. hospitals for financial and environmental sustainability in responsible equipment management.

The Financial Sustainability Award acknowledges the nation’s top hospitals for strategic participation in Centurion Service Group’s surplus medical equipment program increasing the lifetime value of medical equipment, creating revenue by freeing important resources to access new technology and improve patient care. The Environmental Sustainability Silver Award represents having more than 250 pieces of medical equipment sold, and helping to avoid added waste in landfills.

“By collaborating with Centurion, we have been more successful with the efficient disposal of medical devices,” says Mara Clark, director of Environmental Services and Linen at A.O. Fox Hospital. “We spent two days loading two 55-foot tractor trailers and it took several months for us to gather, log, and coordinate with Centurion as well as departments throughout the facility. We have already begun prepping for our next pick-up and hope to have the same or better outcome in 2020.”

Centurion Service Group is the largest medical equipment auction house in the world, handling the challenges of surplus medical equipment. Its sophisticated infrastructure streamlines the process for equipment removal.

“A.O. Fox Hospital is making significant efforts toward becoming a sustainable campus,” says Mark Mann, manager of Purchasing. “By recycling medical and hospital equipment, we are able to utilize those funds that we received to purchase new and innovative equipment that will better suit the needs of our patients.”

“Liquidating surplus medical equipment through auction represents a significant reduction in environmental harm, as well as the positive impact of making medical equipment available for resale to underserved communities all over the world,” says Clark.