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Advocate Health Care sets national standard for environmental excellence

For the 5th straight year, Advocate Health Care, has earned the System for Change Award from Virginia-based Practice Greenhealth, a non-profit organization that encourages environmental responsibility and best practices by health care organizations.

The System for Change Award identifies health systems that are making significant progress in system-wide implementation of environmentally responsible health care. The award was presented today at the CleanMed Conference & Exposition in Cleveland Ohio—a national gathering for leaders in health care sustainability.

Additionally, all of Advocate’s 11 hospitals earned individual recognition for environmental stewardship from Practice Greenhealth. In particular, Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, each earned the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award.

“Our patients and communities ultimately benefit from our efficient use of resources,” said Mary Larsen, manager of environmental stewardship at Advocate Health Care. “We’re honored to be named among the nation’s top performers.”

Larsen says that environmental stewardship has become part of the core culture at Advocate and its efforts are being recognized locally as well. Announced this week, Advocate also received the Illinois Recycling Association Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Recycling Program.

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