Date of Award


Document Type

Applied Management Decision Report (AMDR)

Degree Name

Master Of Business Administration

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Cary Silverstein

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Hazardous wastes; Medical wastes--Law and legislation


Watertown Memorial Hospital, a 103 bed facility in South Central Wisconsin, burned all of its infectious waste in an uncontrolled incinerator after the establishment of the new hospital location at Hospital Drive in Watertown, In 1971. Once burned, the remaining ash was placed in a dumpster and hauled to a nearby landfill site. Due to various state and federal regulations enacted In 1988 through 1990, biologically hazardous waste had to be rendered noninfectious under a strictly controlled environment prior to the dumping of this processed waste into a landfill site. Furthermore, all hazardous waste treatment and disposal had to be documented for any future proof of compliance to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In 1990, Watertown Memorial Hospital investigated the capital and operating costs of two alternatives: treating its own waste under the new DNR guidelines for eventual hauling to a nearby landfill, or hiring an outside commercial vendor to complete the job. After much study, it was determined that hiring a commercial vendor to process Its biologically hazardous waste was more economical.


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