Catholic Health Earns 2015 “System for Change” Honor from Practice Greenhealth

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May 15, 2015

Practice Greenhealth System for Change

Catholic Health has been named a 2015 “System for Change” award winner from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading environmental healthcare organization. Practice Greenhealth promotes and enables efficiencies and environmental stewardship among its members while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge.

All four of Catholic Health’s hospital campuses - Sisters of Charity Hospital, Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital earned Practice Greenhealth’s “Partner for Change” award as well as the Making Medicine Mercury Free award. This award recognizes significant efforts to eliminate mercury and other chemicals from the facility and patient care.

One-third of Waste Diverted from Landfills Through Recycling

Catholic Health has made environmental stewardship a key priority over the last several years, empowering associates to become involved in the process through “Go Green” committees in each of its ministries. Through these efforts, Catholic Health has been able to divert approximately one-third of all its waste from landfills through single stream recycling. That represents approximately 1,800 tons of material that will be reused through the recycling process. Additionally, the system has invested substantially in decreasing its carbon footprint through energy efficiency measures and by obtaining ten-percent of the system’s electrical requirements from wind turbine generated power sources.

“Environmental responsibility is fundamental to how we operate as a Catholic Ministry,” said Joe McDonald, president and CEO for Catholic Health. “As a system, Catholic Health strives to make a difference in our communities by setting goals, monitoring our sustainability progress, and collecting data that can demonstrate our success.”

The System for Change Award recognizes health systems that are working cohesively to gather data, set system goals, benchmark, and share successes in environmental performance. System for Change Award winners have at least four hospitals and joined Practice Greenhealth as a health system. A full 100 percent of the health system’s facilities must also apply for and meet the minimum criteria for the Partner for Change Award in the same year in order for the system to receive this award.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Portland, Oregon, on May 14, 2015 at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.