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2018 Circles of Excellence Honorees

The Circle of Excellence Awards celebrate hospitals who have not only earned an award for all-around sustainability achievement, but who have also been identified as the top scoring programs for each category of sustainability.

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

It all starts with leadership. The Leadership Circle represents the high-performing hospitals that have a strong infrastructure supporting a long term commitment to healthier environments through leadersship vision, committee structure, reporting, data tracking, communication and education.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Cleveland Clinic
Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center
Hudson Hospital and Clinic
NorthShore University HealthSystem
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 21 VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Palo Alto, CA)
VHA 23 Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, IA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)

 

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 a focus on minimizing the total volume of waste generated by the facility. These mature programs address all facets of the complex health care waste stream.

Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Gundersen Health System
Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center
HealthPartners
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Metro Health, University of Michigan Health Hospital
The University of Vermont Medical Center
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) 

 

CHEMICALS CIRCLE

The Chemicals 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
Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
U.S. Army, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) 

 

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 plastics recycling, reformulation of OR kits, single-use device reprocessing, use of reusable sterilization cases, and a range of other programs and associated metrics in their operating rooms.

Advocate Condell Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
Regions Hospital
VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) 

 

HEALTHY FOOD CIRCLE

The Food Circle highlights leaders in sustainable food services, capturing leadership in meat reduction, procurement of better meat, local and sustainable sourcing, improving access to tap water and healthy beverages, supporting healthy food access, and preventing food waste. Top contenders have strong policies, and have an educational strategy that addresses the food system as a critical component in an overall sustainability plan — for human and planetary health.

Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center
Hudson Hospital and Clinic
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center
UW Health, University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital
Virginia Mason Memorial
Westfields Hospital & Clinic

 

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 Condell Medical Center
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health, Ocean Medical Center
HealthPartners
Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Seattle Children's
VHA 08 VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, PR) 

 

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 shared details on project implementation and staff engagement strategies.

Boston Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Regions Hospital
VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA)
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
VHA 08 C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (Bay Pines, FL)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) 

 

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 continue to innovate in driving down water usage.

Amery Hospital & Clinic
U.S. Army, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA)
VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA)
VHA 12 Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (Milwaukee, WI)
VHA 12 William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison, WI)
VHA 21 San Francisco VA Health Care System (San Francisco, CA)
VHA 22 Loma Linda Healthcare System (Loma Linda, CA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) 

 

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.

Boston Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
Seattle Children's
UCSF Health
VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC)
VHA 20 Boise VA Medical Center (Boise, ID)
VHA 23 Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, IA)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) 

 

GREEN BUILDING CIRCLE

The Green Building Circle is presented to hospitals that have demonstrated LEED and other innovative green building achievements over the past five years. These hospitals emphasize policies that show a commitment to the requirement of LEED-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 and Hope Children's Hospital
Boston Medical Center
Cleveland Clinic
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Seattle Children's
U.S. Army, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center
VHA 08 VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, PR)
VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN)
VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN)

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