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Advocate Health Care earns national honors for environmental stewardship

Advocate Health Care has been awarded multiple environmental sustainability awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to sustainability in health care.

Advocate Health – Midwest, which comprises Advocate Health Care in Illinois and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, earned the System for Change Award, the 15th consecutive year for the health system and the longest such streak in the country. The award recognizes health care organizations that lead in sustainability performance across a range of categories, including energy management, buildings, waste reduction, sustainable purchasing and more. The system also won the Circle of Excellence Award for Chemicals, which recognizes sound practices for addressing chemicals of concern.

“We’ve identified sustainability as a key area where we want to have a substantial impact. These awards recognize the hard work our teammates have put in to make their care sites and communities more environmentally friendly,” Advocate Health – Midwest President Bill Santulli said. “From the air that fills our lungs to the chemicals we encounter every day, there is a direct connection between environmental health and personal health. Part of helping people live well every day is doing our part to make sure the communities we serve are greener places to live.”

In addition to the system-wide awards, eligible acute care hospitals earned individual honors for their green efforts.

Greenhealth Emerald Award

The award is earned by hospitals that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the health care sector through advanced sustainability programs. This competitive award recognizes the top 20 percent of applicants that are setting the standard for energy management, renewable energy, purchasing, waste reduction, food, green buildings, climate, water and more.

· Advocate Christ Medical Center & Advocate Children’s Hospital

· Advocate Condell Medical Center

· Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

· Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

· Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

· Advocate Lutheran General Hospital & Advocate Children’s Hospital

· Advocate Sherman Hospital

· Advocate South Suburban Hospital

Partner for change

The award is presented to hospitals that continuously improve waste reduction and recycling programs. Winning facilities must demonstrate success in energy management, buildings, waste reduction, sustainable purchasing and more.

· Advocate Trinity Hospital

Advocate Health – Midwest hospitals in Wisconsin also were honored. Read more here.

Learn more about Practice Greenhealth’s awards.

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