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  • Providence has partnered with Practice Greenhealth since 2005 to decrease its impact on the environment.
  • The Practice Greenhealth awards are a testament to Providence’s efforts to achieve its goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030.

Providence has faced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but at the same time, our committed caregivers have made significant progress in meeting our environmental stewardship goals.

Since 2005, Providence has partnered with Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization in helping health care institutions create healthy workplaces and communities by decreasing their impact on the environment. Their national awards program recognizes best practices in environmental stewardship.

Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards

This year, Practice Greenhealth awarded 23 of Providence’s acute ministries the Environmental Excellence award—the most ever for our ministries. Winning this honor indicates a significant and sustained commitment to environmental stewardship across 12 categories. Winning facilities must demonstrate they are working toward energy efficiency, waste reduction, elimination of mercury and other chemicals of concern, and sustainable food programs.

 “It is great to receive recognition for hard work. The awards benchmark our progress, ensuring that we are following national standards and best practices as we develop and expand our programs.” –Beth Schenk, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, executive director of environmental stewardship

 

Practice Greenhealth System for Change Award

Also, for the first time, Providence was recognized with Practice Greenhealth’s  “System for Change” award. This is awarded to health systems that are working cohesively to set system-wide goals, track data, and benchmark and share successes in environmental performance. Providence is one of only eight health systems to have won this award in 2021.

“It is great to receive recognition for hard work,” said Beth Schenk, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, executive director of environmental stewardship. “The awards benchmark our progress, ensuring that we are following national standards and best practices as we develop and expand our programs.”

The Practice Greenhealth recognitions are a testament to the commitment of Providence employees, who are helping the company achieve its goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030.

2021 Practice Greenhealth Award Winners

System for Change Award Winner
Providence

Environmental Excellence Award Winners
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital
Providence Medford Medical Center
Providence Milwaukie Hospital
Providence Newberg Medical Center
Providence Portland Medical Center
Providence Seaside Hospital
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center
Swedish Ballard
Swedish Cherry Hill
Swedish Edmonds
Swedish First Hill
Swedish Issaquah
Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Providence Centralia Hospital
Providence Holy Family Hospital
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center (Polson, Mont.)
Providence St. Mary Medical Center (Walla Walla, Wash.)
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
Providence St. Peter Hospital

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