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|Virginia Mason Named One of 50 Greenest Hospitals for Third Year|
SEATTLE – (Nov. 18, 2016) — Virginia Mason has been named one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America for the third time since 2013 by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national health care publication.
“We are committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients while also reducing our impact on the environment,” said Brenna Davis, director, Sustainability. “Our commitment is fueled by the knowledge that planet health is linked to human health. This recognition by Becker’s reflects our organization-wide dedication to this important issue.”
Virginia Mason was also recognized by Becker’s as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in 2013 and 2015. Additionally in 2015, the organization was awarded Practice Green Health’s Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, which is Practice Green Health’s highest honor.
A sustainability leader on a global, national and regional level, Virginia Mason is reducing the environmental impact of its operations and leading efforts to increase awareness about the health effects of climate change. In 2015, Virginia Mason joined nine other health care institutions in launching the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, a campaign aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the health care industry around the world.
In the 1990s, Virginia Mason’s sustainability program focused on recycling and energy efficiency. In 2007, Virginia Mason became the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to compost food waste from the cafeteria and patients’ rooms. Shortly after, Virginia Mason became the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to begin a recycling program in its operating rooms. Sustainability projects are implemented using the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology inspired by the Toyota Production System.
Learn more about Virginia Mason’s commitment to sustainability.
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Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial online: YakimaMemorial.org