Greenhealth Partner for Change
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s hospitals were awarded the 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge.
The award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this Award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.
“All of us at Sacred Heart Hospital work as a team to set our environmental goals and strive to not just meet but exceed them,” said Julie Manas, president & CEO, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in helping to create an environmentally sustainable health care institution.”
“As health care ministries, our hospitals are called upon to care for our patients and we must also care for God’s beauty in all of creation,” said Joan Coffman, president and CEO, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. “No act is too small to protect the Earth for generations to come.”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented May 14 in Portland, Oregon, at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition. Shanna Miller, director of environmental services, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, and Rick Beckler, director of the environment, Hospital Sisters Health System, attended the conference.