OXNARD, CA – (April 24, 2019) – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health, are proud to announce they have been honored for the fourth time with the Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. Each campus received the 2019 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award. This award is given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. Both hospitals will receive the awards in Nashville, TN on May 9, 2019.
St. John’s Hospitals have taken many steps to reduce waste while improving the health of our local environment. Our ongoing commitment to expand the health of our local environment is shown by improving utility consumption and expanding multiple environmental programs, such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, water consumption and efficiency, safer chemical alternatives, and waste reduction management.
“We are honored to be recognized for the hard work our departments do every single day to improve the health of people, and the environment across our campuses. St. John’s has always felt a special responsibility toward the communities we serve, and environmental responsibility is a key component of our mission,” says George West, Vice President of Mission Integration for the Central Coast Service Area.
Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership and network organization in health care, is committed to sustainability principles and practices to protect patient, staff, community and environmental health. These Environmental Excellence awards recognize health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. Recipients of the 2019 Partner for Change Award must provide current year waste, energy and water data, recycle 10% or more of total waste stream, and share successful sustainability projects. Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals demonstrate this dedication in ways including: reporting gas emissions, improved utility consumption, and expansion of multiple environmental programs, such as the co-generation energy, green purchasing, recycling and toxic elimination programs. St. John’s continues to provide optimized patient care and employee and patient safety, all while minimizing environmental impact.
Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award reinforces the active role SJPVH and SJRMC are committed to sustaining in helping our environment. All Dignity Health facilities share an obligation to supporting the community and the environment. Through current and future sustainability initiatives, Dignity Health continues to measure, manage and report its collective impact on the environment, ensuring the most positive impact possible.
About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services – all recognized for quality, safety and service. Combined both hospitals have received more than 66 quality awards and have been named among America’s Top 100 Hospitals by Healthgrades. Both hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region also include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/PleasantValley and DignityHealth.org/StJohnsRegional.