The Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers have been honored with three awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
The Fontana Medical Center and Ontario Medical Center each received the Partner for Change Award, and the Fontana Medical Center received a Greening the OR Recognition Award.
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 sustainably, 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.
The Greening the OR Recognition Award recognizes hospitals that have made substantial strides in improving environmental performance in the operating room.
"Kaiser Permanente recognizes that the health of our environment directly impacts individual health," said Greg Christian, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, San Bernardino County Area. "We are constantly working to reduce our collective impact on the environment and improve the health of the communities we serve. These awards are a reflection of that commitment."
Practice Greenhealth's 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.