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Virginia Mason Receives Health Care Climate Champion Award

SEATTLE – (Feb. 24, 2016) — Virginia Mason was recently named a recipient of the 2015 Health Care Climate Champion Award by Global Green and Healthy Hospitals for its energy efficiency and leadership in climate protection and preservation.

The award, presented at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris, represents the highest honor for participating organizations.

“Climate change is one of the greatest human health threats of our time,” said Brenna Davis, director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason. “We are acting to protect the health of our patients and future generations.”

In addition to its EnviroMason initiatives focused on reducing environmental impacts across the organization, Virginia Mason launched the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge with nine other health care organizations in April 2015. Since then, the campaign — which mobilizes hospitals to become more responsive to climate change — has grown to more than 65 participants representing 8,200 hospitals and health centers in 19 countries.

Virginia Mason has pledged to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the year 2020. The organization also led the creation of the Washington Climate Declaration, which was signed by more than 250 businesses in the state.

Virginia Mason has received numerous accolades for its environmental stewardship, including being named one of the 25 most sustainable hospitals in America by Practice Green Health.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online: VirginiaMason.org

Virginia Mason also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online: YakimaMemorial.org

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org