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SEATTLE – (June 16, 2014) Virginia Mason has received three awards for its organization-wide programs to protect the environment through energy conservation, recycling and elimination of hazardous products from the workplace.

The trio of environmental excellence awards were announced June 5 by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization whose members strive to increase their environmental stewardship while improving patient safety.

Virginia Mason received the:

  • 2014 Circle of Excellence in Energy Award for outstanding performance in energy efficiency.
  • Emerald Award for mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source-reduction programs above and beyond criteria for the Partner for Change Award that Virginia Mason received in 2013.
  • Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award for policies aimed at eliminating mercury from the workplace.

 “We’re honored by this recognition of the commitment across our organization to creating and preserving a healthy environment for our patients, our team members and the community,” said Brenna Davis, director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason.

The organization’s achievements include being the first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to recycle and compost food waste from its cafeteria and some materials used in patient rooms; reducing landfill waste from the cafeteria by more than five tons annually; reducing kitchen water use by 72 percent; becoming the first hospital in the region to begin a recycling program in its operating rooms; and being the only multi-facility health care organization certified by the Energy Star program.

Virginia Mason has received numerous awards for its sustainability efforts and EnviroMason program in recent years. In 2013, Virginia Mason was designated as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review, a health care industry publication.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,600 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and 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 at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: www.VirginiaMason.org

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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