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Free Document Shredding Event at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville to Mark Earth Day

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — In 2011, Texas Health Resources shredded and recycled more than 3.5 million pounds of paper — enough to save almost 16,000 trees and nearly 2,700 cubic yards of landfill. Now, Texas Health is inviting all members of the DFW community to join in by shredding and recycling their own paper at the free “Earth Day ShredFest” event from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21 at 13 Texas Health Resources facilities.

A representative and truck from Shred-it will be outside each facility, where local residents can bring up to five average-size file boxes of paper to be securely shredded on-site and then recycled.

One of those locations will be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville. Shred-it will be stationed in the parking lot on the north side of the hospital, located at 411 North Belknap in Stephenville.

“At Texas Health Stephenville we are committed to being a partner with the community,” said Christopher Leu, hospital president. “Having screenings and health seminars and events like this are just some of the ways we want to help improve the health and daily living for the citizens of our community.”

Shredding and recycling paper is one of many ways that Texas Health, which has been nationally recognized for its environmental programs, is committed to sustainability. Other Texas Health initiatives include recycling cell phones and athletic shoes, implementation of energy-reduction measures, and safely recycling various chemicals used in lab tests. Information on these and other programs will be on display at Texas Health’s booth at the Earth Day Dallas festival, April 21-22 in Fair Park.

“We’re pursuing a number of green programs throughout our health system, and all are designed to lessen the impact our facilities have on the environment,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “We’re happy to take a sustainability leadership role in the communities we serve and to extend an invitation to participate in our Earth Day ShredFest. Ultimately, the environment is the responsibility of all of us.”

According to security experts, shredding documents that contain personal information is an important step in preventing identify theft.

At the Earth Day ShredFest, most paper items — including confidential documents, notebooks, binders and brochures — can be shredded and recycled. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed. Cardboard and other heavy paper materials cannot be accepted, along with plastic, glass and aluminum.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s services, advanced diagnostic imaging, and wound care. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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