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Philadelphia-Area Hospitals Noted for Environment-Friendly Strategies

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Practice Greenhealth, an initiative created by Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E), has recognized 141 healthcare organizations nationwide for practices that support environmental health. Among those noted for “going green” are several hospitals in the Greater Philadelphia region.

H2E — which was jointly founded by the American Hospital Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Without Harm, and the American Nurses Association — plans to plant 100 trees in India for each award winner to symbolize efforts to improve the health of the planet. Awards were presented at the CleanMed 2008 conference in Pittsburgh last month.

The following hospitals won the 2008 Partner for Change Award, which recognizes facilities that continue to improve and expand their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Shriners Hospital for Children.

These hospitals won the 2008 Making Medicine Mercury Free Award: Doylestown Hospital, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and St. Joseph Regional Health Network.

St. Mary Medical Center was recognized for its progress in environmental improvements.

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