Amery Hospital & Clinic wins three national sustainability awards
May 17, 2018
Amery, Wis. – Amery Hospital & Clinic is a 2018 Greenhealth Emerald Award winner for achievement and innovation in health care sustainability.
The Emerald Award comes from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
Amery Hospital & Clinic is a repeat Emerald Award winner and this year, it’s just one of three awards collected by the organization. At the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala in San Diego on May 9, Amery Hospital & Clinic was officially awarded the following for 2018:
- Greenhealth Emerald Award
- Circles of Excellence – Water
- Greening the Operating Room Award
Amery Hospital & Clinic has an ongoing commitment to the environment and in 2007 established a Green Team to champion sustainability efforts at the hospital. Recent highlights of the Green Team’s work include:
- Green roof and rain gardens
- Water conservation and environmental stewardship
- Reusable to-go meal container program in the cafeteria
- Medicine disposal drop boxes for community use
“We’re always looking for new ways to work sustainably,” said Jim Faschingbauer, a member of the hospital’s Green Team. “It’s the right thing to do, for our patients, our staff, our community and our environment.”
Four other HealthPartners hospitals – Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater), Regions Hospital (St. Paul) and Methodist Hospital (St. Louis Park) – were all recipients of a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award for leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs, and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture. And across HealthPartners, six hospitals and the health system will collect 19 environmental awards at the May 9 awards gala.
“The Practice Greenhealth Top 25 awards are truly a reflection of the dedication, passion and support we have at the hospitals that won these awards in 2018,” said Dana Slade, Director, Sustainability Programs across HealthPartners. “We have made a strong connection between health, well-being and our sustainability initiatives. This is illustrated every day by all of our colleagues across the organization.”
The photo shows members of the green team at Amery Hospital & Clinic, who are responsible for coordinating sustainability initiatives across the campus. Pictured left to right are Jim Faschingbauer, Kelley VanHeuklom and Luke Wittkop of Amery Hospital & Clinic Facilities department holding the three environmental excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth.