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Practice Greenhealth Celebrates First-Ever Winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

Most Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award Offered by the Organization

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - June 05, 2014) - Practice Greenhealth has announced the first-ever winners of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards. Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. 

The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards are new in 2014, and recognize health care facilities that exemplify the best of the best in environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care.

"It's our pleasure to recognize these outstanding health care facilities who have gone above and beyond to reduce their environmental footprint," said Gary Cohen, Founder and President of Practice Greenhealth. "The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards are a way for us to highlight the meaningful and innovative approaches these facilities are taking to prioritize the health of their patients, staff and community."

Award winners are chosen from hospitals that have the highest scores for the Greenhealth Emerald Award using Practice Greenhealth's thorough scoring and evaluation system. These include: Advocate Christ Medical Center & Advocate Children's Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System - Bon Secours Hospital, Bon Secours Charity Health System - Bon Secours Community Hospital, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System - DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Richmond Health System - Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital, Bon Secours Richmond Health System - Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System - St. Francis Downtown, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System - St. Francis Hospital Eastside, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Gundersen Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, James E Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Madigan Army Medical Center, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Metro Health Hospital, Regions Hospital Ridgeview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth's highest honors vary greatly in size, but are all leading the country in health care sustainability and have the data and documentation to prove their success. These facilities have innovative programs and also show leadership in their local communities and in the health care sector.

Practice Greenhealth celebrated the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award Winners on Thursday evening in Cleveland, Ohio during the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, THE premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability. In addition, the organization also honored winners of the new Circles of Excellence Awards, the Greening the OR Award, the Greenhealth Emerald Award, and the Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, as well as the System for Change, DEHP-Free, Champion for Change, and Making Medicine Mercury Free awards.

A full list of the Award winners is available on the website at www.PracticeGreenhealth.org/Awards

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.

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