Hospital honored for protecting patient health, environmental stewardship and efforts to improve environmental footprint.
(HUDSON, Wisc. – May 10, 2012) – Hudson Hospital & Clinic has been recognized with two environmental awards by Practice Greenhealth, the national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. Each year Practice Greenhealth recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts in environmental improvement. The awards include: “Partner for Change” Award – one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in health care sector. The second award is “Making Medicine Mercury-Free”, which designates that proven policies have been put in place to rid the facility of the harmful chemical mercury, and to prevent it from re-entering the facility.
“These awards demonstrate Hudson Hospital & Clinic’ commitment to their patients and the community to protect public health and preserve the environment,” said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. “Hudson Hospital & Clinic is truly demonstrating leadership for the future of health care.”
The Practice Greenhealth “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” award recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free. Award criteria include mercury-free management and purchasing policies, and recycling programs.
The green initiatives are led by Sheila Proehl, Vice President Operations & Chief Financial Officer, Hudson Hospital & Clinic and the hospital’s Green Team. They have developed action plans to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle solid waste, reduce regulated and chemical waste, reduce energy and water consumption, create healing environments, and establish green purchasing policies
“We know that the use of mercury in health care jeopardizes public health and the environment,” said Sheila Proehl. “The availability of better alternatives has resulted in a better environment for our patients and staff.”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Denver, CO, at CleanMed, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the health care community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, health care systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of health care to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.
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