April 06, 2011 21:46 ET

Leading on Sustainability, VHA Member Hospitals Receive Practice GreenHealth Environmental Excellence Awards

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, announced that 45 of its member hospitals and health care systems received Practice GreenHealth 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards. VHA members received awards across several categories recognizing both new and established leaders in health care environmental sustainability. Novation, VHA's supply contracting company, also was honored with Practice GreenHealth's Champion for Change Award for the eighth consecutive year.

"At VHA, we know firsthand the challenges and importance of developing an impactful sustainability program through our own Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability Program, and congratulate the VHA member hospitals for this well-deserved recognition," said Colleen Risk, VHA executive vice president. "We are proud of the hard work our members are doing to raise the bar when it comes to providing sustainable, affordable and quality care," said Risk.

The Environmental Excellence Awards are given as part of CleanMed, an annual conference that allows leaders from across health care to share best practices and tools in environmental sustainability. VHA helped sponsor this year's CleanMed that concluded today in Phoenix, Ariz., and offered tours of an Ascent Reprocessing Facility, where attendees saw firsthand the steps involved in single-use device (SUD) reprocessing, including pre-cleaning, sterilization, function-testing and packaging.

"Safely reprocessing single-use devices is an important sustainability innovation," said Terri Scannell, VHA's director of corporate citizenship and sustainability. "By partnering with CleanMed, VHA is advancing environmental sustainability efforts in health care and spreading the word about safe and high-quality programs."

VHA also is sharing innovative programs through its VHA Sustainability Member Collaboration website, a new site that provides a range of sustainability resources, including tips for creating and sustaining a comprehensive and integrated sustainability program, blueprints for developing an organizational "Green Team" to champion efforts, and ways to reduce environmental footprint through recycling and improved energy efficiency. Most materials on the site are provided by VHA member hospitals, including some of the Practice GreenHealth Environmental Excellence Award winners.

"VHA member hospitals are a great source of expertise and knowledge about sustainability programs that are working on the ground. We developed the VHA Sustainability Member Collaboration site to share this expertise so that even more hospitals can establish and maintain successful sustainability programs," said Scannell.

To access the site and learn more about what VHA is doing to advance effective sustainability programs, click here. Please note some areas of the website are only available with a VHA password.

VHA congratulates the following members for recognition by Practice GreenHealth with the 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards:

Environmental Leadership Circle
Sustained Members

  • Allegiance Health - Jackson, Mich.
  • Boulder Community Hospital - Boulder, Colo.
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital - Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Gundersen Lutheran - La Crosse, Wis.
  • Metro Health Hospital - Wyoming, Mich.
  • Northern Michigan Regional Hospital - Petoskey, Mich.
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital - Milwaukie, Ore.
  • Providence Portland Medical Center - Portland, Ore.
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital - Missoula, Mont.
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center - Portland, Ore.
  • Ridgeview Medical Center - Waconia, Minn.

System for Change Award

  • Spectrum Health - Grand Rapids, Mich.

Partner for Change, with Distinction Award

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Boston
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center - New York
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital - Spokane, Wash.
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital - Olympia, Wash.
  • Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital - Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital - Grand Rapids, Mich.

Partner for Change Award

  • Baptist Hospital of Miami - Miami
  • Bellin Memorial Hospital Inc. - Green Bay, Wis.
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Hartford, Conn.
  • Doctors Hospital - Coral Gables, Fla.
  • Franklin Square Hospital Center - Baltimore
  • Georgetown University Hospital - Washington, D.C.
  • Good Samaritan Hospital - Baltimore
  • Homestead Hospital - Homestead, Fla.
  • Mariners Hospital - Tavernier, Fla.
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital - Washington, D.C.
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center - New York
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/The Allen Hospital - New York
  • Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center - Oregon City, Ore.
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital - Greenville, Mich.
  • Washington Hospital Center - Washington, D.C.

Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award

  • Providence Centralia Hospital - Centralia, Wash.
  • Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center - Oregon City, Ore.

Partner Recognition

  • Harbor Hospital - Baltimore
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/The Westchester Division - White Plains, N.Y.
  • Palomar Medical Center - Escondido, Calif.
  • Pomerado Hospital - Poway, Calif.
  • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center - Mission Hills, Calif.
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance - Torrance, Calif.
  • Schneck Medical Center - Seymour, Ind.
  • St. Mary's Hospital - Leonardtown, Md.
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital - New Haven, Conn.

About VHA -- VHA Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. In 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, VHA serves nearly 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 16 regional offices. VHA has been listed as one of the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare since 2008 and one of the best places to work in IT by Computer World since 2007.

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