Members: Login Here


Don't yet have a Practice Greenhealth account? Request one HERE!

Forgot your password?
top-header-image

2017 Circles of Excellence Honorees

The Circles of Excellence Awards celebrate sustainability programs that excel in a given category (in contrast to awards given for overall achievement). The winners presented below have achieved top scores in each of the following topic categories:

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

It all starts with leadership. The Leadership Circle represents the top performers with a strong infrastructure supporting a long term commitment to healthier environments through committee structure, reporting, data tracking, communication and education.

Bon Secours St. Francis, Downtown
Cleveland Clinic
HackensackUMC of Hackensack Meridian Health
NorthShore University HealthSystem
VHA 12 Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (Milwaukee, WI)
VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA)
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center

 

LESS WASTE CIRCLE

The hospitals in this Circle have excelled in waste prevention and material handling, demonstrated through high recycling rates, low regulated medical waste generation and low rates of total waste generated per patient day. These mature programs address all facets of the complex health care waste stream.

Cleveland Clinic
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Gundersen Health System
Harborview Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire
Metro Health Hospital
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
Seattle Children's
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

CHEMICALS CIRCLE

This Circle celebrates facilities with sound chemical reduction policies and practices. Winners address toxicity through purchasing, change of products, services and equipment, and educate their staff and the community on hazardous chemicals.

Advocate Health Care
Dignity Health Dominican Hospital
HackensackUMC of Hackensack Meridian Health
Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) VHA 07
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

GREENING THE OR CIRCLE

The Greening the OR Circle acknowledges leadership in implementation and innovation in the surgical department. A number of practices in the OR were evaluated for this award, including: regulated medical waste segregation and clinical plastic recycling, reformulation of OR kits, single-use device reprocessing, use of reusable sterilization cases, and a range of other programs and associated metrics.

Cleveland Clinic
Gundersen Health System
Harborview Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) VHA 07
VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

HEALTHY FOOD CIRCLE

The Food Circle highlights leaders in sustain- able food services, capturing leadership in meat and sugar-sweetened beverage reduction, healthier meat procurement, local sourcing, food waste prevention and management. Top contenders have written policies and an educa- tional strategy that addresses the food system as a critical component in an overall sustain- ability plan—for human and planetary health.

HackensackUMC of Hackensack Meridian Health
Harborview Medical Center
Hudson Hospital and Clinic
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center Fanny Allen
University of Washington Medical Center
UW Health
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center
Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital

 

ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASING CIRCLE

The EPP Circle celebrates the best in environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) programs. Facilities were evaluated on their supporting policies, interactions with GPOs and suppliers, environmentally preferable contracts and use of environmental attributes in RFPs and business reviews.

Advocate Health Care
Cleveland Clinic
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center
HackensackUMC of Hackensack Meridian Health
Harborview Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente
Seattle Children's
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA) 
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

ENERGY CIRCLE

The Energy Circle celebrates hospitals that are leading the sector in energy efficiency. Leaders generally have energy managers and written programs to reduce energy use over time. They are tracking energy use intensity, ENERGY STAR performance metrics, and share details on project implementation and staff engagement strategies.

Boston Medical Center
VHA 08 VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, PR)
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 06 Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton, VA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
VHA 22 Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (Tucson, AZ)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)
VHA 21 VA Northern California Health Care System - Sacramento VA Medical Center
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

WATER CIRCLE

The Water Circle recognizes hospitals for exemplary programs in water conservation and efficiency. These early adopters boast fewer gallons of water consumption per square foot, tracking of implemented conservation projects, written plans to reduce water consumption over time and have water tracking mechanisms in place.

Hudson Hospital and Clinic
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire
Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA)
VHA 06 Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton, VA)
VHA 22 Loma Linda Healthcare System
VHA 21 VA Northern California Health Care System - Sacramento VA Medical Center
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

CLIMATE CIRCLE

The Climate Circle highlights visionary hospitals taking the lead on tracking and measurement of CO2 emissions, and overall climate program development. Hospitals in this Circle demonstrate an understanding of the health impacts of climate change and are taking action to mitigate those impacts and educate their staff and communities on playing a supporting role.

Harborview Medical Center
Seattle Children's
VHA 20 Boise VA Medical Center (Boise, ID)
VHA 23 Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, IA)
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)
University of Washington Medical Center
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 

 

GREEN BUILDING CIRCLE

This Circle is presented to hospitals that have demonstrated LEED and other green building achievements over the past five years. These hospitals emphasize policies that show a commitment to, or even requirement of LEED-level construction standards for all major new builds or renovations. Their achievements include energy and water efficiency, safer materials, regional sourcing, integration of nature and other mechanisms to create high-performance healing environments.

Cleveland Clinic
Evans Army Community Hospital
Harborview Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NorthShore University HealthSystem- Evanston Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center

Sitemap (click to minimize or expand)