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Chicago, Ill. – Oct. 22, 2012 – Three Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center staff members received Environmental Stewardship Awards through Advocate Health Care’s third annual green recognition program.

The awards, which recognize associates going above and beyond in their commitment to being green, received more than 350 nominations. Advocate, the largest health system in Illinois, selected 21 winners in six categories.

At Advocate Illinois Masonic, David Haas was recognized in the Innovation category for installing temperature sensors in hospital corridors that program, monitor and control air temperature from a centralized location.

Anne Wardynski, RN, received a Commitment Award for donating unused blue wrap and operating room supplies to a local animal shelter. Thus far, she's redirected more than 500 lbs. of supplies that couldn’t be used for patients and would otherwise have to be discarded.

Rochelle Petefish, RN, received a Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Award for spearheading the hospital's patient care item recycling initiative. She regularly rounds throughout the hospital on her days off, checking soiled utility rooms and recycling bins and educating clinicians on patient care item recycling.

About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The medical center has been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which it originally achieved in 2008. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit

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