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Virginia Mason Named One of 50 Greenest Hospitals for Third Year

Logo: 50 Greenest Hospitals in AmericaSEATTLE – (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.

About Virginia Mason Health System
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 500 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 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

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