HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals each recently received the Partner for Change Award in recognition of programs aimed at reducing their impact on the environment.
The awards came from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The hospitals each received this award on Thursday at the final event of Practice Greenhealth’s CleanMed 2017 conference in Minneapolis.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs that include eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste and using products from sustainable sources. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15% of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs.
“As health care providers, sustainability is a part of our healing mission and important in our protection of the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Julie Manas, Sacred Heart’s president and CEO.
“We take pride in our sustainability programs and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the communities we serve,” added Joan Coffman, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Both hospitals are sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries and are affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System.
Practice Greenhealth is a leading health care membership community whose mission is to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces in order to reduce its environmental footprint while becoming a community anchor for sustainability.