Award recognizes leadership and innovation throughout HealthPartners family of care, including: Regions, Lakeview, Hudson, Westfields and Park Nicollet's Methodist hospitals in recycling, source reduction, energy efficiency and water conservation.
MINNEAPOLIS, October 21, 2013 – HealthPartners has been honored with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Leader award for demonstrating the significant impact that conservation efforts can have on an organization and community.
“HealthPartners has raised the bar significantly for others in the health care sector,” says Jill Curran, Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Executive Director. “Their conservation efforts saved more than 31 billion BTUs of energy, 630,000 gallons of water and 1,200 tons of waste in 2012.”
To put that large figure in perspective, the 31.37 BTUs of energy HealthPartners saved is equal to taking 482 cars completely off the road forever.
“Our commitment to sustainability is directly tied to our mission to improve health,” said Dana Slade, sustainability program manager at HealthPartners. “By caring for the places where we live and work, we’re making a healthier and cleaner environment for our members, patients and community members.”
The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Leader award is given to a Foundation member that has shown genuine leadership in the tenets of the program. Leader Award winners are chosen once a year. Recipients of the Leader Award serve as environmental role models for their own communities, the Minnesota business community, and the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation. They receive an official plaque at the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Annual Meeting and their stories are highlighted on the Foundation web site.
Founded in 1957, HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation. It is dedicated to improving health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. HealthPartners provides a full-range of health plan services including insurance, administration and health and well-being programs. It serves more than 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide, and is the top-ranked commercial plan in Minnesota. Its Medicare plan has the highest rating (five stars), which only 11 plans in the nation achieved in 2013. Since its combination with Park Nicollet in 2013, its care system includes more than 1,700 physicians; five hospitals (Regions, Methodist, Lakeview, Hudson and Westfields Hospitals); 52 primary care clinics; 22 urgent care locations; and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In addition, Stillwater Medical Group, part of the HealthPartners family of care, includes 80 physicians serving the St. Croix Valley region. HealthPartners Dental Group has more than 60 dentists and 21 dental clinics. HealthPartners also provides medical education and conducts research through its Institute of Education and Research.
About the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation
The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce that delivers strategic environmental consulting to help businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency. Our mission is to help businesses and organizations implement environmentally sustainable business practices while saving money and protecting the environment, visit www.mnwastewise.org.