Hudson Hospital & Clinic is one of the top 25 hospitals in the nation for groundbreaking achievement and innovation in health care sustainability.
The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award comes from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Three other HealthPartners hospitals in Minnesota – Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park – were also featured on the top 25 list.
It’s the third time Hudson Hospital & Clinic has been awarded the honor and this year, it’s just one of four awards collected by the organization. At the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala in San Diego on May 9, Hudson Hospital & Clinic was officially awarded the following for 2018:
- Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award
- Circles of Excellence – Food
- Circles of Excellence – Leadership
- Greening the Operating Room Award
The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth's highest honors in the Top 25 category are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs, and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture.
Hudson Hospital & Clinic has an ongoing commitment to the environment and in 2009 established a Green Team to champion sustainability efforts at the hospital. Recent highlights of the Green Team’s work include:
- Sustainable, local food sourcing for many years
- Onsite community garden
- Honey bee hives
- Paper reduction efforts
- Reusable to-go meal container program in the cafeteria
- Medicine disposal drop boxes for community use
- Transition to LED lighting
- Optimization of HVAC systems for energy efficiency
“We’re always looking for new ways to work sustainably,” said Jeff Persells, Hudson Hospital & Clinic Plant Operations Director and chair of the hospital’s Green Team. “It’s the right thing to do, for our patients, our staff, our community and our environment.”
Across HealthPartners, six hospitals and the health system collected 19 environmental awards at the May 9 awards gala.
“The Practice Greenhealth Top 25 awards are truly a reflection of the dedication, passion and support we have at the hospitals that won these awards in 2018,” said Dana Slade, Director, Sustainability Programs across HealthPartners. “We have made a strong connection between health, well-being and our sustainability initiatives. This is illustrated every day by all of our colleagues across the organization.”
Photo: The team that accepted Hudson Hospital’s sustainability awards from Practice Greenhealth. Pictured, left to right: Dana Slade, Director, Sustainability Programs for HealthPartners, Jeff Persells, Hudson Hospital & Clinic Plant Operations Director, Sam McKeough, Sustainability Coordinator for HealthPartners, and Ryan Pomasl, Maintenance Engineer at Hudson Hospital & Clinic.