Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is getting a federal grant to help it comply with environmental regulations. The New England Region of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the $60,000 grant on Tuesday. The grant will help the hospital cut down on pharmaceutical waste and dispose of it more safely.
Other partners in the project include Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, Pharm-Ecology Associates, New Hampshire environmental regulators and that state’s hospital association. Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, which is based in Hanover, also got a $74,000 grant to train Medicare inspectors to check environmental compliance when they are accrediting hospitals.
The EPA also says it will step up enforcement at New England hospitals, after the EPA’s New York office found numerous problems at hospitals in New York and New Jersey.