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Virginia Mason’s Brenna Davis receives Sustainability Leadership Award

SEATTLE – (March 7, 2016) – Brenna Davis, director of sustainability at Virginia Mason, has received the 2016 Sustainable Business Leader Award from Sustainable Seattle, which promotes innovations that advance healthy communities, environments and economies.

It was one of several Sustainability Leadership Awards presented March 4 at the Seattle Yacht Club. Multiple businesses, organizations and individuals were recognized for their efforts to make Puget Sound a more sustainable and livable community. Local individuals, businesses, organizations and public agencies were nominated in eight categories.

Nominations for these competitive awards were solicited from the community and narrowed down to the top five finalists in each category. Winners were selected by a panel of 12 independent judges who have significant experience and involvement in sustainable business, agency and local community initiatives.

Davis was recognized for leading Virginia Mason’s environmental stewardship program (EnviroMason) that has established the organization as a national model in green health practices and for helping to create the Washington Climate Declaration, signed by more than 250 businesses.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this award,” she said. “There are many people and organizations doing great things to protect the environment. I am fortunate to be part of the Virginia Mason organization, which is committed to protecting the health of our patients and the well-being of the broader community.”

With Davis’ leadership, 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.

For more information about the 2016 Sustainable Seattle Sustainability Leadership Awards, visit

www.sustainableseattle.org/programs/awards.

Sustainable Seattle is a 25-year-old nonprofit with a mission to promote innovations that advance healthy communities, environments and economies by providing a framework for advancing sustainability awareness, knowledge, attitudes, values, behaviors and system characteristics. Its 2020 vision is a future in which all (residents, businesses, community organizations and institutions) are included and participating in collaborative actions to enhance social, environmental and financial sustainability of the greater Seattle area. Sustainable Seattle online: www.sustainableseattle.org.

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