Amery Hospital & Clinic receives national awards
for excellence and innovation in sustainability
April 26, 2017
Amery, Wis. – Amery Hospital & Clinic is a 2017 Greenhealth Emerald Award winner for leading the health care industry toward a greener, healthier future.
The Emerald Award comes from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
At the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala in Minneapolis on May 18, Amery Hospital & Clinic will also be recognized with two additional awards, titled Greening the OR (Operating Room) and Making Medicine Mercury-Free.
The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes health care facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, sustainable sourcing, and other areas. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.
The Greening the OR Award recognizes the facility demonstrating the most success in reducing the environmental impact of its surgical suites. Operating rooms are large contributors to a health care facility’s environmental footprint, creating opportunity for significant cost savings and sustainability improvements.
The Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award is given to health care facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury and have policies in place to prevent it from re-entering the facility. Mercury is one of the most hazardous chemicals, associated with many health risks.
“We practice sustainability because it’s good for the environment, good for the hospital and good for the overall health of our entire community,” said Erick Jensen, Amery Hospital & Clinic’s Facilities Director and Sustainability Lead. “We look forward to continuing this work to drive the future of health care toward sustainability.”
Across HealthPartners, six hospitals and the health system will collect 18 environmental awards at the May 18 awards gala. Three HealthPartners hospitals – Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park – were recognized in the top 25 hospitals in the country for environmental stewardship.