OLBH Receives National Environmental Award

OLBH has been honored with the 2019 Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. OLBH earned the honor for superior stewardship while reducing the system’s environmental impact.

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 sustainability 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.

“Sustainability is central to our mission as we protect the health of our patients, staff and communities,” said OLBH Director of Community Health Diva Justice. “I’d like to thank our Green Team for helping us achieve this award. During the past year at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, our team has upgraded the lighting on campus to LEDs which will save nearly 30 percent energy usage annually. Conservation efforts such as this as well as recycling and cleanup initiatives are just a few of the ways we look to improve the communities we serve.”

The award will be presented to OLBH representatives at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala next month in Nashville at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit practicegreenhealth.org