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Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Awarded Top Honors for Leadership in Health Care Sustainability

May 17, 2017

2017 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards

In addition to winning nine Top 25 awards, VHA also won a number of other prestigious sustainability awards.

The VHA plus nine VISNs won a System for Change.  The System for Change Award recognizes health systems that are working cohesively and across hospitals and facilities to set and meet goals related to sustainability, from reducing energy use to increasing recycling to establishing green building practices.  System for Change Award winners have at least four acute-care hospitals and have demonstrated cohesive and effective strategies to achieve sustainability.

Thirty-five Emerald Awards.  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.

Circles of Excellence Award.  The award honors hospitals for outstanding performance in one specific area, such as reducing use of toxic chemicals or sourcing food sustainably.  These awards highlight hospitals that are pushing the envelope and driving innovation in sustainability performance in each sustainability category.  There can be up to 10 designees selected for each Circle of Excellence category.

VHA won five Circles in Leadership.  The Leadership category honors hospitals demonstrating excellence in supporting a long-term commitment to healthier environments through committee structure, reporting, data tracking, communication and education.

VHA won one Circle in Less Waste.  The Less Waste category honors hospitals that have excelled in waste prevention and material handling, as demonstrated through high recycling rates, low regulated medical waste generation and low rates of total waste generated per patient day.  These programs address all facets of the complex health care waste stream.

VHA won one Circle in Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.  The Environmentally Preferable Purchasing category celebrates the best in environmentally preferable purchasing programs.  Facilities are evaluated on their supporting policies, interactions with suppliers, environmentally preferable contracts and use of environmental attributes in RFPs and business reviews.

VHA won eight Circles in Energy.  The Energy category celebrates hospitals that are leading the sector in energy efficiency and strategic energy use planning.  Leaders generally have energy managers and written programs to reduce energy use over time.  They are tracking energy use intensity and ENERGY STAR performance metrics and sharing details on comprehensive project implementation and staff engagement strategies.

VHA won five Circles in Water.  The Water category recognizes hospitals for exemplary programs in water conservation and efficiency.  These early adopters boast fewer gallons of water consumption per square foot, tracking of implemented conservation projects, written plans to reduce water consumption over time and have water-tracking mechanisms in place.

VHA won six Circles in Climate.  The Climate category highlights visionary hospitals taking the lead on tracking and measuring carbon emissions and developing overall climate programs.  Winning hospitals demonstrate an understanding of the health impacts of climate change and are acting to mitigate those impacts and educate their staff and communities on playing a supporting role.

VHA won two Circles in Green Building.  The Green Building category is presented to hospitals that have demonstrated LEED and other green building achievements over the past five years.  These hospitals emphasize policies that show a commitment to or even requirement of LEED-level construction standards for all major new builds or renovations.  Their achievements include energy and water efficiency, safer materials, regional sourcing, integration of nature and other mechanisms to create high-performance healing environments.

VHA won 11 Greening the Operating Room (OR).  The Greening the OR category honors hospitals for leadership in implementation and innovation in the surgical department.  Winners have demonstrated innovative approaches to waste minimization, clinical plastic recycling, reformulation of operating room kits, single-use device reprocessing, use of reusable sterilization cases, and a range of other programs and associated metrics.

VHA won four Making Medicine Mercury Free.  The 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.  Award criteria include strong mercury-free purchasing policies and management practices, staff education, and a commitment to continuing to be mercury-free.  Mercury is one of the most hazardous chemicals, associated with many health risks.

VHA won 75 Partner for Change.  The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more.  Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.

VHA won 16 Partner Recognition.  The award is given to health care facilities that are changing their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas such as waste reduction, renewable energy adoption, food purchasing and mercury elimination.  They also must have a recycling rate of at least 10 percent for their entire waste stream.

VHA won 16 Partner Recognition.  The award is given to health care facilities that are changing their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas such as waste reduction, renewable energy adoption, food purchasing and mercury elimination.  They also must have a recycling rate of at least 10 percent for their entire waste stream.

Top 25

  • VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA) # 503
  • VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA) #562
  • VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC) #534
  • VHA 10 Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center (Saginaw, MI) #655
  • VHA 19 Cheyenne VA Medical Center (Cheyenne, WY) #442
  • VHA 23 Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, IA) #636A8
  • VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) #618
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656
  • VHA 22 Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (Tucson, AZ) #678

System For Change

  • Veterans Health Administration
  • VISN 1: New England Health Care System
  • VISN 4: VA Healthcare - VISN 4
  • VISN 6: VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
  • VISN 10: VA Healthcare System
  • VISN 12: VA Great Lakes Health Care System
  • VISN 17: VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network
  • VISN 19: Rocky Mountain Network
  • VISN 21: Sierra Pacific Network
  • VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network

Emerald

  • VHA 01 Providence VA Medical Center (Providence, RI) #650
  • VHA 02 Bath VA Medical Center (Bath, NY) #528N
  • VHA 02 VA Hudson Valley- Castle Point Campus
  • VHA 04 Corporal Michael Crescenz VA Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA) #642
  • VHA 04 H.J Heinz VA Healthcare System- (Pittsburg, PA) #646
  • VHA 04 Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (Wilkes-Barre, PA) #693
  • VHA 06 Fayetteville VA Medical Center (Fayetteville, NC) #565
  • VHA 06 Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton, VA) #590
  • VHA 07 Atlanta VA Medical Center (Decatur, GA) #508
  • VHA 07 Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System East Campus (Tuskegee, AL) #619A4
  • VHA 07 Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System West Campus (Montgomery, AL) #619
  • VHA 08 VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, PR) #672
  • VHA 08 James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (Tampa, FL) #673
  • VHA 09 Memphis VA Medical Center (Memphis, TN) #614
  • VHA 10 Battle Creek VA Medical Center (Battle Creek, MI) #515
  • VHA 10 Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Cincinnati, OH) #539A
  • VHA 12 Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (Milwaukee, WI) #695
  • VHA 12 Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (Hines, IL) #578
  • VHA 12 Tomah VA Medical Center (Tomah, WI) #676
  • VHA 12 William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison, WI) #607
  • VHA 16 G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center (Jackson, MS) #586
  • VHA 16 Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (Biloxi, MS) #520
  • VHA 17 Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital (San Antonio, TX) #671
  • VHA 17 Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center (Bonham, TX) #549A4
  • VHA 17 Kerrville VA Hospital (Kerrville, TX) #671A4
  • VHA 19 Jack C. Montgomery VA Health Care System (Muskogee, OK) #623
  • VHA 19 VA Salt Lake City Health Care System (Salt Lake City, UT) #660
  • VHA 20 Boise VA Medical Center (Boise, ID) #531
  • VHA 21 San Francisco VA Health Care System (San Francisco, CA) #662
  • VHA 21 VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Palo Alto) #640
  • VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV) #593
  • VHA 21 VA Northern California Health Care System - Sacramento VA Medical Center (Sacramento, CA) #612A4
  • VHA 22 Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (Prescott, AZ ) #649
  • VHA 22 Carl T. Hayden VAMC, Phoenix VA Health Care System (Phoenix, AZ) #644
  • VHA 22 San Diego VA Healthcare System (San Diego, CA) #664
  • VHA 23 VA Black Hills Health Care System (Fort Meade, SD) #568

Circle - Leadership

  • VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA) #562
  • VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA) #503
  • VHA 12 Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (Milwaukee, WI) #695
  • VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) #618
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656

Circle - Energy

  • VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA) #503
  • VHA 06 Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton, VA) #590
  • VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC) #534
  • VHA 08 VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, PR) #672
  • VHA 21 VA Northern California Health Care System - Sacramento VA Medical Center (Sacramento, CA) #612A4
  • VHA 22 Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (Tucson, AZ) #678
  • VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) #618
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656

Circle - Climate

  • VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA) #503
  • VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC) #534
  • VHA 20 Boise VA Medical Center (Boise, ID) #531
  • VHA 23 Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, IA) #636A8
  • VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) #618
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656

Circle - Water

  • VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA) #562
  • VHA 06 Hampton VA Medical Center (Hampton, VA) #590
  • VHA 21 VA Northern California Health Care System - Sacramento VA Medical Center (Sacramento, CA) #612A4
  • VHA 22 Loma Linda Heathcare System (Loma Linda, CA) #605
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656

Circle - Waste

  • VHA 07 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (Charleston, SC) #534

Circle - Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

  • VHA 04 James E. VanZandt VA Medical Center (Altoona, PA) #503

Circle - Green Building

  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656
  • VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV) #593

Greening the OR

  • VHA 04 Erie VA Medical Center (Erie, PA) #562
  • VHA 04 Corporal Michael Crescenz VA Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA) #642
  • VHA 04 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System- University Drive (Pittsburg, PA) #646H
  • VHA 08 James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (Tampa, FL) #673
  • VHA 12 Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center (Iron Mountain, MI) #585
  • VHA 20 VA Portland Healthcare System (Portland, OR) #648
  • VHA 21 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (N. Las Vegas, NV) #593
  • VHA 23 Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, IA) #636A8
  • VHA 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System (Minneapolis, MN) #618
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656
  • VHA 23 VA Black Hills Health Care System (Fort Meade, SD) #568

Making Medicine Mercury Free

  • VHA 12 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL) #556
  • VHA 12 Tomah VA Medical Center (Tomah, WI) #676
  • VHA 20 Boise VA Medical Center (Boise, ID) #531
  • VHA 23 St. Cloud VA Healthcare System (St. Cloud, MN) #656

Partner for Change

  • VHA 01 Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven, CT) #689
  • VHA 01 Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford, MA) #518
  • VHA 01 VA Medical Center Manchester (Manchester, NH) #608
  • VHA 01 Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Campus- (Brockton, MA) #523A
  • VHA 01 VA Boston Healthcare System - Jamaica Plain Campus (Jamaica, MA) #523JP
  • VHA 01 Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus (West Roxbury, MA) #523W
  • VHA 01 VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System (Leeds, MA) #631
  • VHA 01 VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Newington Campus (Newington, CT) #689C
  • VHA 01 Maine Healthcare System- Togus (Augusta, ME) #402
  • VHA 01 White River Junction VA Medical Center (White River Junction, VT) #405
  • VHA 02 Samuel S. Stratton VAMC (Albany, NY) #528D
  • VHA 02 VA NY Harbor Healthcare System- Brooklyn Campus (Brooklyn, NY) # 630A4
  • VHA 02 Canandaigua VA Medical Center (Canandaigua, NY) #528F
  • VHA 02 VA Hudson Valley Health Care System- Castle Point Campus (Wappingers Falls, NY) #620A4
  • VHA 02 VA Hudson Valley Health Care System-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus (Montrose, NY) #620
  • VHA 02 VA NY Harbor Healthcare System - Manhattan Campus (Manhattan, NY) #630
  • VHA 02 Syracuse VA Medical Center (Syracuse, NY) #528E
  • VHA 02 Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) #528
  • VHA 04 Coatesville VA Medical Center (Coatsville, PA) #542
  • VHA 04 Lebanon VA Medical Center (Lebanon, PA) #595
  • VHA 04 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System- University Drive (Pittsburg, PA) #646H
  • VHA 04 Wilmington VA Medical Center (Wilmington, DE) #460
  • VHA 05 Baltimore VA Medical Center (Baltimore, MD) #512
  • VHA 05 Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center (Clarksburg, WV) #540
  • VHA 05 Huntington VA Medical Center (Huntington, WV) # 581
  • VHA 05 Martinsburg VA Medical Center (Martinsburg, WV) #613HK
  • VHA 06 Asheville VA Medical Center (Asheville, NC) #637
  • VHA 06 Durham VA Medical Center (Durham, NC) #558
  • VHA 06 Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center (Richmond, VA) #652
  • VHA 06 W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center (Salisbury, NC) #659
  • VHA 07 Birmingham VA Medical Center (Birmingham, AL) #521
  • VHA 07 Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (Dublin, GA) #557
  • VHA 07 Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Augusta, GA) #509
  • VHA 07 Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Augusta, GA) #509A0
  • VHA 08 C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (Bay Pines, FL) #516
  • VHA 08 West Palm Beach VAMC (West Palm Beach, FL) #548
  • VHA 10 Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus, OH) #757
  • VHA 10 Chillicothe VA Medical Center (Chillicothe, OH) #538
  • VHA 10 Dayton VA Medical Center (Dayton, OH) #552
  • VHA 10 John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (Detroit, MI) #553
  • VHA 10 Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (Cleveland, OH) #541
  • VHA 10 Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis, IN) #583
  • VHA 10 VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (Ann Arbor, MI) #506
  • VHA 12 Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (North Chicago, IL) #556
  • VHA 12 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL) #556
  • VHA 12 Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center (Iron Mountain, MI) #585
  • VHA 16 Alexandria VA Health Care System (Pineville, LA) #502
  • VHA 16 John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital (Little Rock, AR) #589
  • VHA 16 Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (Shreveport, LA) #667
  • VHA 16 VA Health Care System of the Ozarks (Fayetteville, AR) #564
  • VHA 17 Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (Temple, TX) #674
  • VHA 17 El Paso VA Health Care System (El Paso, TX) #756
  • VHA 17 Dallas VA Medical Center (Dallas, TX) #549
  • VHA 17 VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (Harlington, TX) #740
  • VHA 17 West Texas VA Health Care System (Big Spring, TX) #519
  • VHA 19 Oklahoma City VA Health Care System (Oklahoma City, OK) #635
  • VHA 19 VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (Denver, CO) #554
  • VHA 19 VA Montana Health Care System (Helena, MT) #436
  • VHA 19 Grand Junction VA Medical Center (Grand Junction, CO) #575
  • VHA 19 Sheridan VA Health Care System (Sheridan, WY) #666
  • VHA 20 VA Portland Healthcare System (Portland, OR) #648
  • VHA 20 Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) (White City, OR) #692
  • VHA 21 VA Central California Health Care System (Fresno, CA) #570
  • VHA 21 VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Livermore, CA) #640A4
  • VHA 21 VA Palo Alto Health Care System (Menlo Park, CA) #640A0
  • VHA 21 VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (Honolulu, HI ) #459
  • VHA 21 VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (Reno, NV) #654
  • VHA 21 VA Northern California Healthcare System - Martinez Outpatient Clinic ( Martinez, CA) #612
  • VHA 22 Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center (Albuquerque, NM) #501
  • VHA 22 Carl T. Hayden VAMC, Phoenix VA Health Care System (Phoenix, AZ) #644
  • VHA 22 Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System- West Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) #691GE
  • VHA 22 Loma Linda Heathcare System (Loma Linda, CA) #605
  • VHA 23 Fargo VA Medical Center (Fargo, ND) #437
  • VHA 23 VA Nebraska Western Iowa Healthcare System - Omaha Medical Center (Omaha, NE) #636
  • VHA 23 VA Nebraska Western Iowa Healthcare System - Omaha Medical Center (Omaha, NE) #636 Grand Island
  • VHA 23 VA Black Hills Health Care System (Hot Springs, SD) #568A4

Partner Recognition

  • VHA 02 VA Western New York Healthcare System at Batavia (Batavia, NY) #528A4
  • VHA 07 Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (Tuscaloosa, AL) #679
  • VHA 08 Malcom Randall VAMC, NF/SGVHS (Gainesville, FL) #573
  • VHA 08 Bruce W. Carter Medical Center, Miami VA Healthcare System (Miami, FL) #546
  • VHA 09 Alvin C. York (Murfreesboro) Campus (Murfreesboro, TN) #626A4
  • VHA 09 Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Nashville Campus (Nashville, TN) #626
  • VHA 12 VA Illiana Health Care System (Danville, IL) #550
  • VHA 15 Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital (Columbia, MO) #589A4
  • VHA 16 Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center (North Little Rock, AR) #598
  • VHA 16 Southeast Louisiana VA Health Care System (New Orleans, LA) #629
  • VHA 16 Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Houston, Texas) #580
  • VHA 17 Amarillo VA Health Care System (Amarillo, TX) #504
  • VHA 20 VA Roseburg Healthcare System, Roseburg, Oregon (Roseburg, OR) #653
  • VHA 22 Long Beach Healthcare System (Long Beach, CA ) #600
  • VHA 23 Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Medical Center (Sioux Falls, SD) #438

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