WAUSAU, Wis. Billie Schilling, RN, is the first-ever recipient of Aspirus Health's Clinical Climate Champion award. Schilling is a regis –
tered nurse providing care as part of the oper – ating room team at Aspirus Medford Hospital.
Presented by the committee that oversees
cycling flexible plastics. Submitted photo. AWARD
system-wide sustainability efforts at Aspirus Health, the award recognizes clinical team members who identify and implement sustain –
able clinical practices, and demonstrate lead – ership and innovation within their department through: Reducing waste (material, energy, water, carbon equivalents and more).
Improving the patient experience and em – ployee safety.
Supporting operational performance. Schilling earned this honor for pinpointing and spearheading several sustainable practice changes within Aspirus Medford's operating room (OR), including: Establishing a partnership to recycle flexi –
ble plastics into park benches made from recy –
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Replacing one-time-use patient foam posi – tioners with reusable gel positioners.
Upcycling towels into cleaning rags rather than sending them to the landfill.
Creating signage for recycling bins and providing education within the OR suite about recycling hard plastic waste.
Repurposing batteries that are used once and otherwise landfilled.
In honor of Schilling's remarkable efforts, five trees are being planted in the Superior Na – tional Forest in her name.
Aspirus Health is committed to aggressive sustainability goals for the health of the com – munities it serves. Goals for the Aspirus system hospitals include reducing carbon emissions by 80% and reducing energy costs by 50%, both by 2030.