In recognition of its programs that reduce environmental impact, St. John’s
Medical Center received the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth,
the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability
in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards
given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously
improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle
waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must
demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total
waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate
mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.
“This award is a testament to the work that the sustainability committee
has undertaken for the past 30 years, and buy-in from the CEO, the board,
and our employees,” said Lisa Smith, sustainability coordinator
at St. John’s. “We take pride in our sustainability programs
and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the community
we serve. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand our programs.”
Highlights of the medical center’s sustainability program include
campus-wide recycling, healthful food promotions, and more efficient water
and energy use.
Sustainability efforts include recycling 107 tons of materials in calendar
year 2016, including paper, plastic, glass, batteries, cans, cardboard,
and more. In addition, the medical center’s partnership with Teton
County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling as a RRR Business Leader has
saved thousands of dollars in e-waste recycling in 2017 to date.
The focus on sustainable foods include serving antibiotic- and hormone-free,
grass-fed beef and bison. Healthy food options, like the salad bar, are
now more affordable. Bottled water has been replaced by filtered water
stations throughout the campus.
The medical center has developed gardens at the Living Center, Hitching
Post Lodge, and child care center. A partnership with Teton Botanical
Garden provided seeds and raised-bed wheelchair-accessible planters.
The medical center has switched to LED lighting and uses motion sensors
in bathrooms and other areas. The heating and cooling system are engineered
for maximum efficiency and include water recovery systems.
The award will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence
Awards Gala, set for May 18th in Minneapolis, Minn at the conclusion of
the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
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support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s
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