One of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America

Virginia Mason Named One of Greenest Hospitals in U.S. for Second Time

Virginia Mason has been named one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America for 2015 by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national health care publication.

“This recognition is a testament to the tireless effort by everyone across our organization to protect the natural environment for generations to come,” said Brenna Davis, sustainability director at Virginia Mason.

Through its EnviroMason environmental stewardship initiatives, Virginia Mason diverted more than 3,400 tons of waste from landfills between 2009 and 2014. The organization recycles more than 50 percent of its waste overall, compared to the health care industry’s average of 20 percent.

Earlier this year, Virginia Mason joined nine other health care institutions in launching the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, a global campaign aimed at mobilizing hospitals and health systems to do more to protect the environment.

“As an organization, we’re committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients while also reducing our impacts on the environment,” Davis said.

In 2007, Virginia Mason became the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to compost food waste from the hospital’s cafeteria and patients’ rooms. Shortly after, it was the first hospital in the Northwest to begin a recycling program in its operating rooms. With its energy conservation programs, Virginia Mason avoided using 7.3 million gallons of water and 3.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity from 2012 through 2014. These achievements generated an estimated cost savings of $439,664 for water and $607,498 for electricity during the three-year period.

In compiling its 2015 Greenest Hospitals list, Becker’s editorial team selected hospitals based on Practice Greenhealth’s list of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award honorees, Practice Greenhealth’s Circles of Excellence and participation in all six Healthier Hospital Initiative challenges. See the complete list of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America.

Virginia Mason was also recognized as one of the greenest hospitals in the nation in 2013, the last time Becker’s published its list.