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Over 7 tons of cardboard recycled since last summer

Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS) made a commitment to bold, innovative environmental initiatives beginning in 2007, when a task force made up of employees from various departments and facilities was formed to brainstorm, propose, and implement new programs. The “Green Team” meets regularly to evaluate current programs, consider employee suggestions for new initiatives, and introduce opportunities including environmentally friendly products. In the past five years, health system employees, volunteers, patients, families, and the broader community have been reminded and encouraged to participate in system-wide programs including paper, cardboard, battery, electronics, and shoe recycling; paper and supplies reduction; and energy conservation. Cardboard recycling, in particular, has been a successful environmental program for the health system. Since 2011, over 7.5 tons of cardboard have been recycled, according to Mark Pottebaum, OCAHS Director of Plant Operations. “Since implementing cardboard recycling last August, $40 per month has been saved through reduced sanitation pickup services,” reports Pottebaum. The health system earned $230.40 for a full trailer at $60/ton in November 2011. Total savings to date is $350.40, which will equal about $1,050 annually. For more information about Orange City Area Health System’s “green” initiatives, visit ocHealthSystem.org/about/ocahs-is-going-green/.

The Auxiliary of Orange City Area Health System is hosting a Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. gourmet candy and snack sale on Thursday, July 19, from 8am to 5pm in the front lobby of the health system’s main campus at 1000 Lincoln Circle SE. All proceeds directly benefit patients and families.

17th annual fundraiser set for June 21

Orange City Area Health Foundation will host its 17th Annual Golf Classic fundraiser on Thursday, June 21, at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City. Golfers are treated to lunch, 18 holes of golf, beverage/snack tickets, a whole hog roast by Blue Mountain, and high-tech prizes. This year there are also opportunities to win Hole-in-One prizes from Motor Inn of Orange City, including a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco (valued at $30,100) for Hole #11. Additional hole-in-one prizes include a 4 day/3 night golf vacation at a selected Fairmont resort (Hole #2), a Callaway Razr X Black driver and fairway woods 3 and 5 (Hole # 4), and a set of Callaway Razr Black irons 4-SW (Holes #7 and 17). Thanks to generous sponsors, all proceeds from this annual event directly benefits patients, residents, and families served by Orange City Area Health System and its senior care facilities. The event will kick off with an 11am registration and lunch buffet followed by a 12:30pm shotgun tee-off. Dinner and awards will begin at approx. 5pm. To register to golf, sign up to be a sponsor, or for more information contact Linda Vander Zwaag, OCAHS Public Relations, at 737-5368.

Nearly 100 bikers stopped for lunch at Prairie Winds Event Center in Orange City on Saturday, June 2, as they made their way from Vermillion to Sioux Falls as part of the “Bikes and Babes” Children’s Miracle Network motorcycle run. Orange City Area Health System and the Orange City Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual lunch stop, and provided brown bag lunches from Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium, along with Dutch almond pastries.