In recognition for successful programs to reduce their environmental impact, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals each recently earned the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.
In 2018, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals donated more than 15,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment to developing countries though the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach program. Both hospitals also recycled more than 200 tons of comingled materials in 2018. The two hospitals also recently transitioned to hand hygiene products that do not contain triclosan. This move keeps anti-bacterial products used at the hospitals out of waste water and ground water.
“All of us in our HSHS division work as a team and we’re honored to be recognized for our efforts in helping to create an environmentally sustainable health care institution,” said Andrew Bagnall, president and CEO, HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, which includes Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals.