Hudson Hospital earns Sustain Hudson Green Leaf AwardAn Environment of Care Green Team was formed at the hospital to assess and identify opportunities in the hospital’s sustainability efforts. Recently, Hudson Hospital won two national sustainability awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading sustainability in health care organization.
Hudson Hospital was presented with the Sustain Hudson Green Leaf Award Thursday, Sept. 20, at the hospital’s conference center. Staff attended a brief award ceremony which began with Rev. Paul Martinson, volunteer hospital chaplain, sharing his passion for green initiatives, the Hudson community and the reason he nominated the hospital for this award.
“What motivated me to recommend Hudson Hospital for this award is their dedicated and focused sustainable efforts to make our Hudson community a healthier environment,” Martinson said. “Hudson Hospital is also forward-thinking and a visionary understanding the broader impact of sustainability on our planet.”
Presenting the award and speaking at the event were Judy Freund and Stew Erickson, both on the Board of Directors of Sustain Hudson. They shared the mission of The Green Leaf Project as a community-wide initiative to celebrate and foster sustainable best practices by individuals, businesses, organizations, and local officials in the Hudson area.
They recognized Hudson Hospital’s outstanding sustainability efforts at the award ceremony. Hudson Hospital embraces initiatives to provide health care that’s healthy and a healing environment philosophy. The hospital’s eco-friendly practices include: reducing waste, recycling, conserving energy, using locally grown fresh produce, cleaning with Green-seal approved chemicals, and using natural gardens with drought-resistant plants.
An Environment of Care Green Team was formed at the hospital to assess and identify opportunities in the hospital’s sustainability efforts. Recently, Hudson Hospital won two national sustainability awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading sustainability in health care organization. These included the Partner for Change award, an overall, environmental excellence award, and the Making Medicine Mercury-Free award, which recognizes the hospital for implementing policies that keep mercury from their facility.
“These awards demonstrate Hudson Hospital & Clinics’ commitment to our patients and the community to protect public health and preserve the environment,” said Marian Furlong, president and CEO, Hudson Hospital & Clinics. “They are also a model within the HealthPartners family of care, leading the way in sustainable health care and efforts to be a more environmentally-friendly organization.”
Sustain Hudson is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in February 2010 to encourage sustainable practices in the community. The organization presents a Green Leaf Award approximately every three months to individuals, businesses, organizations or local officials who implement sustainable practices.