DOWNERS GROVE – For the second year in a row, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has been recognized with the most prestigious environmental achievement award presented by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care environmental stewardship community. The hospital is a member of the Environmental Leadership Circle for 2013.
The Environmental Leadership Circle recognizes health care facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. Award winners are chosen by the Practice Greenhealth Award review team from the top Partner for Change applicants. To be considered, facilities must meet the criteria for the mercury-free award, recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste stream while holding regulated medical waste to 8 percent or less, have implemented numerous other innovative pollution prevention programs, and be leaders in their community.
“Only the best of the best receive this high honor,” said Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Laura Wenger, RN. “The members of the Environmental Leadership Circle represent the future of sustainability in health care, and Good Samaritan Hospital is no exception.”
As evidenced in a recent Health Care Research Collaborative study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?” introducing environmental sustainability measures in hospitals not only results in significant savings, it won’t increase operating costs. The implications are clear — given the return on investment, all hospitals should adopt and expand their sustainability programs.
“Our receipt of the distinctive 2013 Environmental Leadership Circle Award is testimony to the outstanding work of the hospital’s Green Team,” said Sandy Churchill, vice president of operations for professional services at Good Samaritan Hospital. “This team of committed individuals has successfully driven the highest standards for environmental practices across our campus. The hospital has embraced green thinking as a direct result of their leadership in environmental stewardship.”
“The multidisciplinary Green Team is committed to making a difference in our environment,” said Cindy Keith, pharmacy technician supervisor and green team leader at Good Samaritan Hospital. “With the team’s help, we’re also providing tools, education, practice guidelines and other assistance to the staff on campus, the outpatient centers and the Good Samaritan Hospital Health and Wellness Center to help them engage in sustainable operations.”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented April 25 in Boston at the CleanMed Conference & Exposition.
About Practice Greenhealth: Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in health care that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.