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Circles of Excellence

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.

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Beaumont Health System-Royal Oak Campus
Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown
Cleveland Clinic
Gundersen Health System
HackensackUMC
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital & 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.

Littleton Adventist Hospital
Gundersen Health System
Harborview Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Metro Health Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital
The University of Vermont Medical Center
U.S. Army Madigan Army Medical Center
Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital & 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 BroMenn Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
HackensackUMC
James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital
University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital

 

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
Harborview Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Regions Hospital
The University of Vermont Medical Center
University of Maryland Medical Center
Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital & Medical Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital

 

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.

Littleton Adventist Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Hudson Hospital and Clinics
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Medstar Franklin Square Hospital Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center
University of Vermont Medical Center Fanny Allen Campus
University of Washington Medical Center
Yale-New Haven 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 System
Cleveland Clinic
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Fairview Ridges Hospital
HackensackUMC
Harborview Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional 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.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Gundersen Health System
James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
Luther Midelfort Mayo Hospital
NYU Langone Medical Center Main Campus
NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital
University of Washington Medical Center
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
VA Western New York Healthcare System - Buffalo
Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital & 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.

Littleton Adventist Hospital
Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center
James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Luther Midelfort Mayo Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital
Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital & Medical Center
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

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.

Cleveland Clinic
Gundersen Health System
Harborview Medical Center
James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center / UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
University of Washington Medical Center
Virginia Mason Seattle Hospital & Medical Center
Yale-New Haven Hospital

 

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.

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Cleveland Clinic
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center Unit
UCSF Medical Center / Benioff Children’s Hospital 

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