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St. Cloud VA Health Care System

 

TOP HONORS AWARDED TO ST. CLOUD VA BY PRACTICE GREENHEALTH

May 20, 2016

 

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System has been awarded the most prestigious environmental achievement award offered by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards recognize health care facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. Award winners are chosen from hospitals that have the highest scores for the Greenhealth Emerald Award using Practice Greenhealth's thorough scoring and evaluation system.

The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth's highest honors vary greatly in size, but are all leading the country in health care sustainability and have the data and documentation to prove their success. These facilities have innovative programs and also show leadership in their local communities and in the health care sector.

“St. Cloud VA prioritizes green practices in our day-to-day operations as an organizational imperative,” said Green Environmental Management Services Coordinator Mary Wenck. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our commitment to the health and safety of our Veterans, staff, environment, and the community at large.”

“We are also excited about this award because it validates the ongoing investments in our historic campus. Many of our buildings are over 90 years old, yet they are as efficient and sustainable as many new buildings, Wenck added.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Dallas, Texas May 19 at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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About St. Cloud VA: St. Cloud VA Health Care System delivers high quality health care to Veterans in a timely manner and with a positive experience, serving over 38,000 individual Veterans per year from the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud and VA clinics located in Brainerd, Alexandria and Montevideo, Minnesota. All eligible Veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA health care system. For information on enrolling for VA health care, contact the St. Cloud VA HCS Eligibility Office at (320) 255-6340, or visit https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/.

About Practice Greenhealth:
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.