VWCH exhibits at Kendall Growth Conference
November 08, 2006
Steve Wolf, Education Coordinator at Valley West Community Hospital, represented VWCH at the Sixth Annual Kendall County Growth Conference on November 4, 2006, at Plano High School.
Sponsored by the Conservation Foundation, the conference focused on building the environment by protecting and integrating Public Health into community design, and Including nature in smart growth. Although another large DuPage County hospital was also a sponsor, VWCH was the only health facility with a display outlining Valley West’s efforts toward public health, and being an environmentally conscious good neighbor.
Valley West Public Health initiatives include:
- Extending our smoke-free building policy to a smoke-free campus on January 1, 2007;
- Providing community health education programs for all age groups;
- Providing Diabetes Education for individuals and groups to combat the single fastest-growing health problem in America;
- Providing general nutrition education and weight loss counseling to combat the growing problem of obesity;
- Providing support groups for specific issues, such as Diabetes and Cancer;
- Hosting clinics provided by our public health department for childhood immunizations and family planning;
- Providing free or low-cost community health screenings, including blood glucose levels, cholesterol panels, and PSA testing;
- Hosting an annual community health fair with 10-12 free health screenings;
- Promoting and practicing good infection control techniques for patients, staff, visitors and the community as a whole, including collecting and segregating any contaminated waste from the main waste stream for sterilization before final disposition;
- Participating in county and state-wide reporting of communicable diseases; and
- Participating in county and state-wide disaster preparedness planning and drills.
Good Neighbor initiatives at Valley West include:
- Recycling various materials, including batteries, toner cartridges, aluminum cans, florescent bulbs, chemicals used in the Lab, etc.;
- Using only high-efficiency florescent bulbs throughout the hospital;
- Using only low-volume flush valves on toilets and urinals;
- Providing a sound barrier wall surrounding the powerhouse on the campus to diminish noise in the neighborhood;
- Collecting all leaves and other landscaping debris for recycling, rather than burning;
- Providing retention basins on the campus to help avoid flooding in the area, and
- Maintaining all hospital computer monitors on low-energy usage levels through a program called Energy Star Certification.