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Practice Greenhealth Celebrates Winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

Most Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award Offered by the Organization

Practice Greenhealth—the nation's leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care—has announced the winners of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards.

The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards is Practice Greenhealth's highest honor for hospitals. The award recognizes the 25 health care facilities that exemplify the best of the best in environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care.

"Competition was fierce this year among the many advanced and innovative programs at our member hospitals," said Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth. "I commend the winning hospitals for leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture."

Award winners are chosen among hospital applicants that have the highest scores for the Greenhealth Partner for Change Awards. These include: Advocate Christ Medical Center & Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Bon Secours Good Samaritan Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Gundersen Health System, HackensackUMC, Harborview Medical Center, Hudson Hospital and Clinics, James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Metro Health Hospital, Ridgeview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, The University of Vermont Medical Center Unit, UCSF Medical Center/UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center, VA Portland Healthcare System, and the Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center.

The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth's highest honors vary greatly in size, but are all leading the country in health care sustainability and have the data and documentation to prove their success. These facilities have innovative programs and also show leadership in their local communities and in the health care sector.

Practice Greenhealth celebrated the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award Winners on Thursday evening at the Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held in Portland, Oregon, bringing the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition to a close.

In addition, Practice Greenhealth also bestowed the new Visionary Leader Award to recognize the one health care institution that made a significant contribution to health care sustainability through groundbreaking strategies or programs. Other awardees include the Champion for Change, Circles of Excellence, DEHP-Free, Greenhealth Emerald, Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, Greening the OR Award, Making Medicine Mercury Free, Partner Recognition, and System for Change.

A full list of the Award winners is available on the website at www.PracticeGreenhealth.org/Awards

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.

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