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Practice Greenhealth Honors Environmental Excellence Awards Winners

2015 Award Winners Announced

RESTON, VA, May 14, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Practice Greenhealth -- the nation's leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care -- announced its 2015 Environmental Excellence Award Winners today.

Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards began in 2002 and are given each year to honor health care institutions for outstanding achievements in health care sustainability.

"Tonight, Practice Greenhealth honors the hospitals, health care providers and organizations for their passion and dedication to health care sustainability," said Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth. "These award winners are innovative and progressive, finding imaginative ways to take environmental programs to the next level."

This year, Practice Greenhealth created the new Visionary Leader Award to recognize the one health care institution that made a significant contribution to health care sustainability through groundbreaking and innovative strategies or programs.

Jeffrey Thompson, MD, CEO of Gunderson Health System was recognized as the winner of the first-ever Visionary Leader Award for achieving energy independence and becoming the first net-zero energy health system in the United States. Gunderson's network of hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes throughout Wisconsin produce more energy than the health system consumes. This monumental achievement accompanies that other awards given for environmental excellence in health care.

A full list of Environmental Excellence Award winners is available on the website at Other awards given include:

The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, which is Practice Greenhealth's highest honors for hospitals, recognizing the 25 facilities leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture.

The Circles of Excellence Awards, which celebrate facilities with sustainability programs that excel in a given category, including Climate, Chemicals, Energy, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Green Building, Greening the OR, Healthy Food, Leadership, Less Waste, and Water.

The Greening the OR Award, which recognizes one top facility demonstrating sustainability and innovation in the operating room by working to reduce the environmental impact of its surgical suites. This award is generously made possible by Sterilmed.

The Greenhealth Emerald Awards, which recognize the cream of the crop of the Greenhealth Partner for Change awards applicants that have more advanced programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories.

Practice Greenhealth honored outstanding achievers at the Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner held in Portland, Oregon, which brought the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition to a close. Other awardees include the Champion for Change, DEHP-Free, Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, Making Medicine Mercury Free, and System for Change.

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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


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