Practice Greenhealth Announces Winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

RESTON, Va. — Practice Greenhealth has announced the winners of its annual Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards. The award recognizes 25 healthcare facilities that exemplify the best in environmental excellence, and the highest standards for environmental practices in healthcare.

“Each year, we see more healthcare facilities recognizing the link between environmental responsibility and health–and these 25 hospitals are setting the bar for environmental performance in healthcare,” said Paul Bogart, executive director for Practice Greenhealth. “These leading hospitals continue to innovate on ways to protect and promote health through more environmentally responsible practices—and we’re excited to recognize their efforts as models for the sector.”

Award winners are chosen among hospital applicants that have the highest scores on the Greenhealth Partner for Change application. Each year, the competition for these top spots increases, as a growing number of facilities are implementing creative, sustainable and implementable practices.

The Top 25 winners this year include:

  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.)
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (Barrington, Ill.)
  • Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center (Saginaw, Mich.)
  • Boston Medical Center (Boston, Mass.)
  • Cheyenne VA Medical Center (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
  • Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Erie, Pa.)
  • Gundersen Health System (La Crosse, Wis.)
  • HackensackUMC of Hackensack Meridian Health (Hackensack, N.J.)
  • Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Hudson Hospital & Clinic (Hudson, Wis.)
  • Iowa City VA Health Care System (Iowa City, Iowa)
  • James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, Pa.)
  • Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center (Vacaville, Calif.)
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, N.Y.)
  • Minneapolis VA Healthcare System (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (St. Louis Park, Minn.)
  • Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Regions Hospital (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Cloud VA Health Care System (St. Cloud, Minn.)
  • The University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, Vt.)
  • The University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center (Seattle, Wash.)

The 25 hospitals honored range in size from large, urban, academic medical centers to critical access hospitals—but are all leading the country in recognizing and addressing the links between the environment and human health—and have the programs, data and documentation to demonstrate their successes. These facilities have committed, engaged staff supporting these programs, and also show leadership in their local communities and across the healthcare sector. To learn more, visit:

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Posted May 15, 2017

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