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60 Health Care Institutions Honored for Their Achievement in Environmental Innovation;

Release Date: 04/14/2005
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Contact: Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(04/14/05) EPA, the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) presented the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) annual Environmental Leadership Awards to 60 health care institutions across the country for outstanding achievement in environmental innovation. The award recipients were recognized at the 2005 National Environmental Partnership Summit in Chicago.

H2E is a joint project of the EPA, AHA, ANA and Health Care Without Harm, and its goals are to eliminate the use of mercury in healthcare; to cut health care waste; and to phase out the use of hazardous substances and persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic chemicals in the health care sector.

Eight institutions were recognized as Environmental Leaders for their exceptional programs to reduce waste, virtually eliminate mercury and minimize the use of toxic products and practices in their facilities. Fifty-two health care institutions received Partners and Champions for Change Awards.

This year's Environmental Leaders Award winners include: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, Calif.; Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.; Foote Health System, Jackson, Mich.; Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region, Honolulu, Hawaii; Sparrow Health System, Lansing, Mich.; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

In addition, EPA, in partnership with H2E, unveiled at this week's meeting a one-stop Web site for pollution prevention best practices and compliance assistance resources -- the first of its kind. Information on this Compliance Assistance Center is available at: http://www.hercenter.org/ .

Additional information on this week's National Environmental Partnership Summit, hosted by EPA, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and Performance Track Participants Association, can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/Compliance/assistance/networking/forum/index.html .

Additional information on the complete list of award winners and the H2E program can be found at: http://www.h2e-online.org .