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Westfields Hospital & Clinic wins national sustainability awards

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WF 2018 PGH Circles of Excellence Award: Members of Westfields’ Nutrition Services team, pictured with their Circles of Excellence – Food award from Practice Greenhealth. (Left to right) Susan Darsie, Sierra Rondorf, Michelle Bruner, Deanne Buffie, Teresa White, Donna Hesselink and Randy Calleja.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic is a 2018 Greenhealth Emerald Award winner for achievement and innovation in health care sustainability.

The Emerald Award comes from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic is a repeat Emerald Award winner and this year, it’s just one of three awards collected by the organization. At the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala in San Diego on May 9, Westfields Hospital & Clinic was officially awarded the following for 2018:

  • Greenhealth Emerald Award
  • Circles of Excellence – Food
  • Greening the Operating Room Award

Westfields Hospital & Clinic has an ongoing commitment to the environment and in 2012 established a Green Team to champion sustainability efforts at the hospital. Recent highlights of the Green Team’s work include:

  • Onsite community garden
  • Campus farmers’ market
  • A comprehensive partnership with New Richmond High School Agriscience Department and students
  • Reusable to-go meal container program in the cafeteria
  • Medicine disposal drop boxes for community use
  • Sustainable, food sourcing, including an innovative partnership with aquaponics farm Urban Organics to provide salad greens in patient meals and in the cafeteria

“We’re always looking for new ways to work sustainably,” said Jill Mehr, Executive Assistant and chair of the hospital’s Green Team. “It’s the right thing to do, for our patients, our staff, our community and our environment.”

Four other HealthPartners hospitals – Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater), Regions Hospital (St. Paul) and Methodist Hospital (St. Louis Park) – were all recipients of a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award for leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs, and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture. And across HealthPartners, six hospitals and the health system will collect 19 environmental awards at the May 9 awards gala.

Together, the six HealthPartners hospitals collected 19 environmental awards at the May 9 awards gala in San Diego. “The variety of awards we won in 2018 reflect the comprehensive nature of our program. We continue to raise the bar for our organization while improving the health and well-being of the community we serve,” said Dana Slade, Director of Sustainability Programs for HealthPartners.

“The Practice Greenhealth awards are truly a reflection of the dedication, passion and support we have at the hospitals that won these awards in 2018,” said Dana Slade, Director, Sustainability Programs across HealthPartners. “We have made a strong connection between health, well-being and our sustainability initiatives. This is illustrated every day by all of our colleagues across the organization.”