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The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. The awards were presented May 19 in Dallas, Texas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.This is the tenth year that St. Joseph's Medical Center has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth.
"We are so proud of the environmental program we've been able to establish here at St. Joseph's," said John Kendle, Senior Service Area Director of Operations and Support Services. "We truly believe that being mindful of our environment is just another way that we can express kindness to our patients and our community."
In addition to being a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change, St. Joseph's Medical Center is also the first hospital in the state to be recognized as a Certified Green Business. St. Joseph's has a long legacy of environmental stewardship. Since 2008, St. Joseph's has recycled more than 16 million pounds of waste, ranking the hospital as the second highest facility in the Dignity Health system for percentage of waste stream recycled. Additionally, St. Joseph's has a partnership with MedShare, which acts as a recycling and distribution center for surplus medical supplies and equipment.