Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for substantial health care, has recently announced the winners of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards. The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards is Greenhealth’s highest honor for hospitals; recipients are selected from the Greenhealth Partner for Change Awards applicants and are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability.
Bon Secours Good Samaritan Hospital has been awarded the 2015 Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award as well as the 2015 Practice Greenhealth Less Waste Circle of Excellence Award.
Competition was tough as member hospitals all around the nation were vying for one of the twenty-five spots. Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth, said, “Competition was fierce this year among the many advanced and innovative programs at our member hospitals. I commend the winning hospitals for leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture.”
These awards highlight hospitals throughout the nation that are pushing the envelope by driving innovation in sustainability performance. This year’s list of award winners is packed with innovative achievements. The Circles of Excellence awards honor up to ten hospitals in each “circle” that have achieved at least Greenhealth Partner for Change Award status and have shown outstanding performance in the category for which they have been awarded. The Greenhealth “Circles” include Leadership, Waste, Chemicals, Greening the OR, EEP (environmentally preferable purchasing), Energy, Water, Food, Climate and Green Building. According to Practice Greenhealth, the hospitals awarded the Less Waste Circle of Excellence Award have “excelled in waste prevention and material handling, demonstrated through high recycling rates, low regulated medical waste generation and low rates of total waste generated per patient day.”
The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth’s Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award vary greatly in size but each hospital leads the country in health care sustainability and has the documentation and data to prove their hard work and successes. These facilities have innovative programs and show leadership in their local communities and the health care sector. The award recipients were celebrated on May 14 at the Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held in Portland, Oregon, closing the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.