Construction Starts on Medical Waste Facility

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City and hospital officials have broken ground on a new medical waste operation in Greenfield. The O3 PureMed facility is scheduled to open early next year and is a collaboration between Hancock Regional Hospital and Greenfield-based Fisk Services Inc. News Release

Greenfield, Ind. — Hancock Regional Hospital and Fisk Services were joined by Greenfield Mayor Richard Pasco and other local officials to break ground today on O3 PureMed, a medical waste facility that will use a new, breakthrough technology to dispose of medical waste through a completely safe, natural and environmentally friendly process.

A strategic partnership between Hancock Regional Hospital and Fisk Services, the 9,520 square-foot O3 PureMed facility will process and sterilize all forms of medical waste from hospitals, nursing and research facilities – in an environmentally friendly manner – and provide a cost savings over traditional waste disposal systems.

“We are fortunate that two of Greenfield’s long-standing businesses have joined forces to create a new company that will impact the state in a positive way, through minimizing the environmental footprint of medical waste and fostering job growth,” said Greenfield Mayor Richard Pasco.

In complete compliance with federal and state environmental and safety standards, O3 PureMed’s disposal process uses ozone, a form of oxygen, to completely sterilize medical “red bag” waste, creating no emissions or byproducts and reducing the volume of the waste by 90 percent. Staff handling and contact is also minimized, creating a safer work environment. In addition, this unique sterilization process is helping to eliminate the need for medical waste landfills, instead allowing the sterilized shredded waste to be placed safely in a traditional landfill.

“When we learned of the opportunity to be the first to bring this new, cleaner technology to our area, we jumped at the chance,” said Bobby Keen, CEO of Hancock Regional Hospital. “We also knew other hospitals and health industries in central Indiana could benefit from it, so we partnered with Fisk Services to create a separate company.”

“Bobby Keen is a visionary, and I’ve long had respect for his integrity in business. When he approached us to provide our expertise and site for O3 PureMed, it was an easy decision,” said Dennis Fisk, vice president of Fisk Services. The facility, expected to open in late 2013 or early 2014, is located at Fisk Services, 271 S. Franklin Rd. in Greenfield.

About O3 PureMed

O3 PureMed, LLC, a strategic partnership between Greenfield, Ind.-based Hancock Regional Hospital and Fisk Services, serves central Indiana hospitals, health care and medical research customers. O3 PureMed uses ozone, a form of oxygen, to completely sterilize medical “red bag” waste, creating no emissions or byproducts and reducing the volume of the waste by 90 percent.Source: O3 PureMed LLC