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Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence
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Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been named a top 25 hospital for environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth, a national group dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. In all, Kaiser Permanente received 16 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. The Environmental Excellence Awards are given each year to honor environmental achievement in the health care sector. Kaiser Permanente has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for its sustainability work every year since the awards program began in 2002.

“As a health care organization, we recognize that we have a responsibility to contribute not only to the health of our members and patients, but also to our environment,“ said Nor Jemjemian, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in the Napa Solano area. “At the Vacaville Medical Center, we have created more earth-friendly processes and reduced the environmental impact of our operations. This award validates that we have met some key sustainability goals and we couldn’t be prouder of the team that has made it happen.”

Vacaville Medical Center was specifically highlighted for achievements including:

  • A partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay (a member of the SDA Alliance) that employs developmentally disabled adults to empty all mixed recycling containers and to recycle the contents at an offsite location. http://goneforgooducpnb.com/
  • A successful sustainable food program
  • Several electric vehicles (EV)in service fleet and EV charging stations in our parking lots for employees, members and guests • Active programs to reduce energy and water use
  • A project underway to install onsite solar panels

The Vacaville facility also benefits from Kaiser Permanente’s broader efforts to create a non-toxic environment, such as centralized procurement of chemically safest products; voluntary purchasing of renewable energy to cover 29% of our nationwide electricity needs in 2016; and our technology-enabled health services like secure messaging, telemedicine, and mail-order prescription refills that empower members to be healthy while avoiding unnecessary car trips to our facilities.

Kaiser Permanente’s awards recognize the commitment, embodied in its 2025 Environmental Stewardship Goals, to buying safer products, conserving energy, using solar and wind power and managing waste that puts the organization among the nation’s leaders in environmental responsibility.

The awards 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.

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