Medical Missions/Community Engagement
We never would have achieved the success we have with our sustainability programs without the involvement of our employees. Our Green Team is comprised of volunteers from a variety of departments who meet monthly and keep our initiatives running. Our employees all think about their impact and make a difference by participating in recycling programs, turning out lights in unused rooms and identifying large sources of waste that need to be addressed.
In addition to cultivating a culture of environmental sustainability within our hospitals, we strive to be involved with the community. We partner with outside organizations, participate in events and tell our story. We are not only able to share our work, but we also gain innovative ideas from others.
Along with community outreach here in Des Moines, our commitment to improving the health of our communities extends beyond patient care to conducting business for the benefit of our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling within our organization. In addition to a variety of green initiatives, one way our organization supports sustainable practices is by recycling outdated medical supplies and equipment through our relationship with Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment).
Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 and helps meet the critical need for medical supplies and equipment around the world by collecting items that otherwise would be unnecessarily discarded and distributing them to various missions and charities. In many undeserved regions, these supplies are desperately needed to assist in providing basic healthcare. Last year, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines was able to support Project C.U.R.E by contributing to the more than $6 million worth of medical supplies that were sent following the earthquake in Haiti.
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines and our providers also contribute to other organizations through Solidarity Bridge and Outreach Africa. We look forward to expanding the opportunities to help others around the world.