Published on September 12, 2013 at 4:13 AM
Virginia Mason has been named one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America for 2013 by Becker's Hospital Review, a leading health care publication.
"Many forward-thinking organizations have put ecological health, green initiatives and environmental stewardship as foundational pieces of their mission — some for as long as two decades … They lead by example through mass-scale and local carbon-cutting efforts, and they also demonstrate how environmental sustainability is everyone's responsibility," the publication states.
Virginia Mason is a health care leader in sustainability, always focused on the patient — improving their health, reducing the cost of quality care and preserving the environment for future generations.
Virginia Mason's award-winning environmental stewardship initiative, EnviroMason, has strong support from both senior leadership and team members. It empowers individuals across the organization to minimize environmental footprints through recycling, composting, reducing energy and water use, commuting via alternative transportation to and from work, and purchasing sustainably grown food. Virginia Mason also participates in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a national effort that encourages hospitals to embrace sustainable business models.
"As an organization, we're committed to providing the highest quality of care while reducing our environmental impacts," said Brenna Davis, sustainability director at Virginia Mason. "We are proud to be recognized as one of the greenest hospitals in the nation. This is a testament to the tireless effort by everyone at Virginia Mason to protect the natural environment for generations to come."
SOURCE Virginia Mason Medical Center