For Immediate Release - August 30, 2013

Hospital in Worcester Assessed $2,860 Penalty for Violating Hazardous Waste Management and Air Pollution Control Requirements

BOSTON – VHS Acquisition Subsidiary Number 7, Inc., the parent corporation that operates St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester has been assessed a $2,860 penalty by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for violating Hazardous Waste Management and Air Pollution Control requirements. 

During a routine inspection of the hospital conducted by MassDEP personnel in December 2012, it was determined that the facility generated hazardous waste in excess of its registered status, failed to ensure all required information on hazardous waste manifests was correct and failed to submit an annual Source Registration form. In a negotiated consent order, the parent company, VHS Acquisition Subsidiary Number 7, Inc. of Tennessee, agreed to maintain facility compliance with applicable regulations and pay the $2,860 penalty. 

“During the inspection when the violations were identified, the facility immediately took steps to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, including its handling of hazardous wastes,” said Lee Dillard Adams, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “MassDEP appreciates these measures and anticipates this level of attention will lead to on-going compliance.”