Legacy Health recognized as national leader in environmentally-friendly health care practices
Legacy Health announced today it was awarded the 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to supporting the health care sector to create better, safer, greener workplaces and communities. Legacy’s award is one of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.
“As a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award winner, Legacy Health is committed to improving the health of our patients, staff, and community as a whole,” said Milrose Mercado, vice president of Legacy Health's Supply Chain. “We take pride in our sustainability efforts to lessen our impact on the environment and look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to continue this work across the country.”
The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognized Legacy Health for continuously improving and expanding upon their waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. In order to qualify for the award, Legacy exceeded the award’s thresholds of recycling 15 percent of their total waste, reduced regulated medical waste, progressed toward mercury elimination and developed other successful pollution prevention programs including:
- Each of Legacy’s hospitals signed the Healthier Hospital Initiative’s Healthier Food in Healthcare Challenge, which sets goals for less and better quality meat and reduced sugar sweetened beverages in cafeterias;
- Including sustainability content in all new employee orientation sessions
- Integrating environmental considerations into Legacy’s processes and culture across the system
- Each hospital participates in the system-wide energy efficiency program
- Achieving a 25.67% system-wide average recycling rate
- Purchasing more environmentally sustainable products and services
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented May 19, 2016 in Dallas, Texas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
Pat Lydon, Legacy Health’s Sustainability Program manager, accepted each hospital’s award on Legacy’s behalf. He also was a member of the panel entitled, “A low Energy Diet: How healthcare systems are cutting hydrocarbons through energy efficiency – current and evolving practice”.
About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.
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