updated 4/11/2011 1:46:11 PM ET 2011-04-11T17:46:11

TAMPA, Fla., April 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SRI/Surgical Express, Inc. (Nasdaq:STRC), a leading provider of reusable surgical device reprocessing services supporting the healthcare industry, today announced that Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations, presented its "Champion for Change Award" to SRI Surgical for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible healthcare. Practice Greenhealth honored its top performers at the Environmental Excellence Awards on April 6, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona, in conjunction with CleanMed, the premier Global Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare.

The Champion for Change Award recognizes businesses and organizations that demonstrate successful accomplishments in greening their own organization, and have assisted their associated healthcare facility clients/members/customers in improving their environmental performance.

"This award is a reflection of SRI Surgical's commitment to their healthcare customers to protect patient health and preserve the environment," said Anna Gilmore Hall, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. "It is exciting to know that SRI Surgical is leading this effort and setting an example for other institutions."

Gerald Woodard, CEO, SRI Surgical, commented, "We are honored to accept Practice Greenhealth's Champion for Change Award for a third consecutive year. Our employees are passionate about SRI's corporate environmental commitment, and work hard to ensure we meet our annual established goals of waste reduction, ISO 14001 certification, development and implementation of an Environmental Communication Plan, and conversion to NPE free detergents. Additionally, SRI Surgical has continued to support and promote Practice Greenhealth in its efforts to assist healthcare facilities and businesses within the healthcare industry achieve their goal of environmental sustainability."

SRI Surgical has a 20 year history of providing environmentally preferable products to its healthcare clients. Our customers understand that waste avoidance begins by purchasing the appropriate reusable product that meets the procedural clinical need. SRI Surgical's products are manufactured to be reused and reprocessed. Daily delivery and retrieval of the reusable items, along with reprocessing that occurs in SRI-owned facilities, represents a real opportunity for hospitals to incorporate a sustainable waste avoidance program while continuing to provide the best of care and safety for their patients and staff.

Over the last ten years, SRI Surgical has assisted healthcare facilities avoid 165.9 million pounds of operating room waste that would have otherwise gone to landfills or been processed, potentially increasing GHG pollutants into the environment.

Along with being a charter member of Practice Greenhealth, SRI Surgical is an EPA WasteWise Partner, an EPA SmartWay Transport Partner, a Member of the EPA's CLIMATE LEADERS Small Business Network, and the recipient of the EPA Safe Detergents Award (SDSI). SRI Surgical is also a founding sponsor of Practice Greenhealth's "Greening the OR" initiative.

About SRI Surgical

SRI Surgical ( www.srisurgical.com ) provides central processing and supply chain management services to hospitals and surgery centers across the United States. SRI Surgical serves hospitals and surgery centers in 25 states from 10 reprocessing facilities and five distribution centers located throughout the United States.

The SRI/Surgical Express, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4997 .

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the healthcare sector. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views, and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org .

The Practice Greenhealth Logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6218 .

CONTACT: Sharon Avinger, SR Vice President
         SRI/Surgical Express, Inc.
         (813) 891 9550

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