May 16, 2011 08:00 ET

VHA Inc. Recognizes 13 Member Hospitals for Efforts to Reduce Health Care's Impact on the Environment and Communities

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - VHA Inc., the national health care network, today recognized 13 member health care organizations for their work to develop and implement outstanding sustainability programs. This group of pioneering not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems has demonstrated a measurable commitment to reduce the heavy environmental impact health care can have on communities by creating a more sustainable future. VHA announced the winners of the 2011 VHA Leadership Award for Sustainability Excellence at its Annual Leadership Conference in San Diego.

The 2011 winners are:

  • Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
  • Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center, Beatrice, NE
  • Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, CO
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA
  • Hallmark Health System, Inc., Medford, MA
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
  • Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Petoskey, MI
  • Providence Health & Services - Oregon Region, Portland, OR
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA
  • San Luis Valley Regional Medical Ctr., Inc., Alamosa, CO
  • Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro, OR

The award winners engaged in diverse activities such as recycling and reuse efforts for employees and providing reusable coffee cups in cafeterias to building LEED-certified parking structures with outlets to charge electric cars. With such a wide range of activities, these award-winning hospitals coordinated efforts internally and have engaged their C-suite executives to support and help build employee enthusiasm for sustainability efforts. A major success factor at all the winning organizations was their need to make sustainability a unified and cohesive program and their desire to transform how each hospital does business.

"VHA congratulates these 13 innovative hospitals and health care systems on this honor and thanks them for their commitment to sustainability," said Colleen Risk, VHA executive vice president. "Recognizing that we can all do well by doing good, these hospitals have prioritized sustainability and created a healthier environment."

VHA serves more than 1,350 not-for-profit hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute health care organizations nationwide. The Sustainability Excellence Award is part of VHA's larger commitment to recognizing and advancing innovative sustainability initiatives.

VHA has advanced its own sustainability efforts by producing a Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability report to track and measure its program; creating and hosting a Member Collaboration Sustainability Site where members can log-on to learn ways to implement sustainability programs; and by serving as a Global Reporting Initiative Organizational Stakeholder to help advance the need for streamlined sustainability measurement worldwide. Through its sustainability work, VHA seeks to provide its members with important information about successful sustainability programs and effective measurement mechanisms to help support and advance the work of its not-for-profit hospital members and provide a sustainable supply chain.

"Our not-for-profit hospital members face many competing challenges -- everything from improving quality with limited resources to responding to new demands in the Affordable Care Act. And still they had the foresight to take on ambitious sustainability programs," said Risk. "In recognizing these institutions, VHA hopes other hospitals and health systems will take steps to reduce health care's environmental impact and help to create a more sustainable future."

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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 2010, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.7 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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