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Advocate Health Care honored for environmental stewardship efforts

Oak Brook, Ill. — Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top health systems, has been honored with a System for Change award from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental responsibility and best practices by healthcare organizations.

Additionally, ten Advocate hospitals received awards in a variety of individual categories that emphasize the best in environmental stewardship efforts. Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center received the Environmental Leadership Circle (ELC) award—the highest level of recognition from Practice Greenhealth.

The awards recognize health systems that work collaboratively to gather data, set system goals, benchmark, and share successes in environmental performance.

“Advocate’s emphasis on environmental accountability aligns with our mission to serve our patients and families in a wholistic way,” said Mary Larsen, manager of environmental stewardship at Advocate Health Care. “The awards are an affirmation that we are making progress in our efforts to make the best and most efficient use of our resources.”

The Practice Greenhealth awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of health care’s environmental champions. To be eligible for the System for Change Award, the health system must have at least five hospitals or long-term care facilities and 75 percent of the facilities must be Practice Greenhealth members. A minimum of 20 percent of the health system’s facilities must also apply for and meet the minimum criteria for the Partner for Change Award (or higher) the same year in order for the system to receive this Award.

The awards were presented in Denver, CO during a national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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About Advocate Health Care - Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top 10 health systems, based on clinical performance, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children’s hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care),two Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health care companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its three major teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $474 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2010.


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