CHW Receives Environmental Excellence Award


Health care system's leadership in ecology is recognized at global conference

San Francisco, CA - May 19, 2010 - Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the eighth largest hospital system in the nation, has been honored with an award for encouraging environmental sustainability through its system of 40 hospitals and medical centers. CHW was presented with the System of Change Award at the 2010 Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony at CleanMed 2010, the global conference for healthcare's environmental leaders held May 12 in Baltimore, Md.

"The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the initiative, hard work and determination it takes to protect the environment and human health, yet still maintain cost effectiveness in the competitive healthcare industry," said Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director of Practice Greenhealth, which conferred the award. "Thanks to leaders like CHW, healthcare is setting new standards and we applaud your commitment."

Fourteen CHW hospitals were also recognized by Practice Greenhealth for exhibiting commitment to sustainability of our people and planet. To further honor these hospitals, 100 trees were planted in Haiti through an organization called Trees for the Future.

System for Change Award: Catholic Healthcare West

Environmental Leadership Circle Award: Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, CA; Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA; St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, CA

Partner for Change with Distinction Award: St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, CA; St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA

Partner for Change Award: Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, AZ; Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA; Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, CA; Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta, CA; Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge, CA

Partner Recognition Award: Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Grass Valley, CA; St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Rose de Lima, San Martin, and Siena campuses, Henderson, NV

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