Mercury Elimination Leadership Program (HELP)

 

What is HELP?

The Mercury Elimination Leadership Program (HELP) recognizes California Hospitals eliminating mercury with a ceremony and presentation of a Banner and Certificate of Appreciation. The HELP program also recognizes hospitals that have the vision to build their facility mercury-free.

Virtual mercury elimination is defined in the memorandum of understanding between the American Hospital Association and the U.S. EPA Council as "the elimination of the disposal or improper discharge of mercury from a facility and the replacement of existing products which contain mercury with those that are mercury-free or as mercury-free as possible." HELP supports the national goal to virtually eliminate health care mercury wastes.

When mercury-containing fever thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, and other health care products become waste, the mercury re-enters the environment through landfill gas releases and ground water leaching. Mercury elimination helps hospitals meet strict mercury wastewater treatment discharge limits.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Department of Health Services, the California Healthcare Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, California Water Environment Association, Local Governments, and Publicly Owned Treatment Works promote the HELP Program. Our project goal continues to be the virtual elimination of mercury in California hospitals.


How to Get Your Award

To receive your California Mercury Elimination Leadership Program Certificate of Appreciation and Banner, submit the HELP MERCURY TOTALS one page Excel spreadsheet and the Hospital Certification Form to your local county government HELP representative. Hospitals that are built mercury-free only submit the “Built Mercury-Free” Hospital Certification Form.

Upon your request, the Department of Toxic Substances Control also nominates your hospital to receive the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) "Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award."


HELP Training

Attend a Free Workshop on Pollution Prevention for Medical Facilities

Contact your local county government HELP representative for information on scheduled workshops on mercury elimination and disposal.


Hospital Award Recipients

Virtually mercury-free hospitals receive a Certificate of Appreciation and Banner. See the Hospital Award Photos at the ceremonies acknowledging this accomplishment.

 

2005

  • Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, Alhambra
  • Downey Regional Medical Center, Downey
  • Eden Medical Center -San Leandro Hospital Campus, San Leandro
  • John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
  • Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, Bellflower
  • Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center, Hayward
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Baldwin Park, Baldwin Park
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Fremont, Fremont
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center San Diego, San Diego
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Santa Clara, Santa Clara
  • Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Oakland
  • Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Panorama City
  • Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center, Redwood City
  • Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center, Richmond
  • Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, Riverside
  • Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco
  • Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, San Rafael
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Teresa Medical Center, San Jose
  • Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, Harbor City
  • Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center, South San Francisco
  • Kaiser Permanente Sunset Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, Vallejo
  • Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center, Walnut Creek
  • Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes
  • Marian Medical Center, Santa Maria
  • Mercy Medical Center, Redding
  • Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo
  • Petaluma Valley Hospital, Petaluma
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier
  • Queen Of The Valley Hospital, Napa
  • Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna
  • Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Morgan Hill
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose
  • Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa
  • St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno
  • St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Red Bluff
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Orange
  • St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton
  • St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley
  • Sutter Medical Center Of Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa
  • Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Tracy
  • Sutter Warrack, Santa Rosa
  • Tulare District Healthcare System, Tulare
  • Ucsf/Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, San Francisco
  • University Of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego
  • Veterans Affairs Central California Healthcare Systems, Fresno
  • Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare Systems, San Diego
2004
  • Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Anaheim
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego
2003
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center -Ashby Campus, Berkeley
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center -Herrick Campus, Berkeley
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center -Summit Campus, Oakland
  • City Of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte
  • Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley
  • Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae
  • Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Los Banos
  • Memorial Medical Center Modesto, Modesto
  • Mills Peninsula Health Services, Burlingame
  • Novato Community Hospital, Novato
  • Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Auburn
  • Sutter Coast Hospital, Crescent City
  • Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center, Antioch
  • Sutter General Hospital, Sacramento, Sacramento
  • Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Lakeport
  • Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center, Santa Cruz
  • Sutter Memorial Hospital, Sacramento, Sacramento
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center, Vallejo
2002
  • Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, Fontana
  • Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center, Fresno
  • Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, Roseville
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa
  • Stanford Hospital And Clinics, Stanford

 

HELP Award Photos

HELP awards to hospitals voluntarily achieving the goal of virtual mercury elimination. Virtual mercury elimination is defined in the memorandum of understanding between the American Hospital Association and the U.S. EPA Council as "the elimination of the disposal or improper discharge of mercury from a facility and the replacement of existing products which contain mercury with those that are mercury-free or as mercury-free as possible."

MaryLove Rueda of Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, David Hartley and Mary Kathleen Pride of DTSC

MaryLove Rueda of Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, David Hartley and Mary Kathleen Pride of DTSC

Jack McGurk of DHS and Tracy Robles of Sutter Health

Jack McGurk of DHS and Tracy Robles of Sutter Health showing the mercury elimination progress of Sutter Health System hospitals

 

City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute, November 20, 2003

November 20, 2003, City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute Mike Samoylenko and Nasr Gergis of City of Hope, Steve Kubo of DHS

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Mercury Award

March 21, 2006, Linda Mowry of Santa Clara County Medical Center and Stephen Lowes of San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant

 

Downey Regional Medical Center Mercury Award

February 9, 2006, Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC) Safety Officer Stephen Cuthbertson
and Los Angeles County Sanitation District Preeti Ghuman and Heather Lamberson display the
banner recognizing DRMC for voluntarily eliminating the use of mercury.

Certificates of Appreciation are presented to hospital systems voluntarily achieving a removal rate of 75% or greater. "Cooperative efforts such as this go a long way toward reaching the goals of Governor Arnold Schwarzeneger’s environmental action plan to reduce toxic waste in the state," points out Leonard Robinson, Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).


Built Mercury-Free Awards

Hospitals that have the vision to build their hospitals mercury-free also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and Banner acknowledging this accomplishment.

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Fremont, Fremont

HELP Partners

Local Governments and Hospitals are working together to eliminate mercury from the healthcare environment. Many of California’s hospitals, having achieved the goal of becoming a mercury-free facility, received their award. Local governments are working with their hospitals in mercury elimination. Apply for your award by following the easy steps.

 

Publicly Owned Treatment Works

Castro Valley Sanitary District - Castro Valley
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District - Martinez
City And County Of San Francisco, Oceanside Water Pollution Control Pl - San Francisco
City And County Of San Francisco, Southeast Water Pollution Control Pl - San Francisco
City Of Arcata - Arcata
City Of Bakersfield - Bakersfield
City Of Burbank (united Water) - Burbank
City Of Corona - Corona
City Of Delano Wastewater Treatment Plant - Delano
City Of Escondido - San Marcos
City Of Eureka - Eureka
City Of Hayward Water Pollution Source Control - Hayward
City Of Lompoc Water Treatment Plant - Lompoc
City Of Los Angeles Bureau Of Sanitation - Whittier
City Of Merced - Merced
City Of Oceanside Waste Reclamation Facility, La Salina - OCEANSIDE
City Of Oceanside Waste Reclamation Facility, San Luis Rey - Oceanside
City Of Palo Alto Rwqc Plant - Palo Alto
City Of Richmond Sewer Treatment Plant - Richmond
City Of San Diego - San Diego
City Of San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo
City Of Santa Monica - Santa Monica
City Of Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa
City Of Vacaville - Elmira
County Of Santa Cruz, Dept. Of Public Works - Santa Cruz
Delta Diablo San District - Antioch
East Bay Municipal Utilities District - Oakland
Eastern Municipal Water District - Perris
Inland Empire Utilties Agency - Chino
Livermore Water Reclamation Plant - Livermore
Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency - Marina
Oro Loma Sanitary District - San Lorenzo
Redding - Redding
Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant - Riverside
Roseville Wastewater Treatment - Roseville
Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant - Elk Grove
San Elijo Joint Powers Authority - Cardiff
San Francisco Puc -Berm - San Francisco
San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant - San Jose
Sanitation Districts Of Los Angeles County - Whittier
Templeton Community Service District - Templeton

Hospital Systems

Independent Hospitals
Adventist Health
Brim
Catholic Healthcare West
Community Health System, Inc.
Cottage Health System
County Hospital
Daughters of Charity Health System
Department of Veterans Affairs
HCA Hospital Corporation of America
John Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region
Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region
Kindred Healthcare
Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Memorial Health Services
Providence Health System
Province Healthcare, Inc.
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Scripps Health
Sharp HealthCare
Southwest Healthcare System
St. Joseph Health System
Sutter Health
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Universal Health Services, Inc.
University of California
Valley Health System
Vanguard Health Systems
Vista Hospital Systems, Inc.