May 2011

St. Joseph Earth Day Sales: Recycled Scrubs for a

Down-to-Earth Price

Gently-used Scrubs Sale, Flower Sale and Jeans Day Supported Green Efforts

Medical Center’s Single-Stream Recycling Reaches 23 percent of Total Monthly Waste

Scrub Sale Earth Day Mary Cimino RN

WHAT: The first “Gently-Used Scrub Sale” sponsored by St. Joseph Medical Center’s Green Team was a huge success.  The sales’ co-organizers Sandi Walsh, RN, Clinical Practice Specialist, and Michelle Williams, administrative coordinator, Imaging Services, collected hundreds of gently-used scrubs donated by St. Joseph nursing staff, technologists, and other health care professionals.  The clothing, which was washed, pressed, and looked like new, was offered for the bargain price of $1 a piece.

Hundreds of gently-used scrub tops, jackets and pants were sold to happy customers, who supplemented their wardrobes for an incredible price.  They shopped at racks set up by the café of the hospital during lunchtime on April 29.  The sale continued all week at the Clinical Skills Lab for evening shifts or those unable to get away from their units.

There was also a Flower Sale featuring impatiens, and a collection for Jeans Day, which allowed staff to don jeans that day in exchange for a $5 donation.

The entire Earth Day activities were organized by the Green Team at St. Joseph.  All proceeds, which topped $500, support St. Joseph Medical Center’s recycling efforts, including increasing the number of single-stream containers on campus.

Scrub Sale Earth Day Julie Bolling RN

WHEN: The sales and Jeans Day took place on April 29, since the official Earth Day conflicted with Good Friday.

Photo captions:

Julie Bolling, RN, right, on 5 East, looks like she found the right piece for her wardrobe.  (Photo of young woman holding yellow top on hanger)

Mary Cimino, RN, above, maternal child health educator, browses through “pre-owned” scrubs at St. Joseph’s sale.  (Photo of nurse with dark brown hair and glasses wearing pink jacket)

Vivienne Stearns-Elliott, Media Relations

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St. Joseph Medical Center is a 300-bed nonprofit, regional medical center in Towson, Md., and a member of Catholic Health Initiatives. Founded in 1864 by the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Joseph is the only NCI Community Cancer Program in Maryland, is a nationally ranked Top 100 Heart Hospital, and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best orthopaedic facilities.  For more information about St. Joseph Medical Center, visit