KALAMAZOO — Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital and Borgess Medical Center were both recognized at the 2005 National Environmental Partnership Summit in Chicago yesterday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA), annually presents the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) Environmental Leadership Awards. Sixty health-care institutions nationwide were honored for outstanding achievement in environmental innovation.
Eight institutions were recognized as Environmental Leaders for their exceptional programs to reduce waste, eliminate mercury and minimize the use of toxic products and practices in their facilities.
Of those, five were Michigan institutions, including Bronson, Foote Health System in Jackson, Sparrow Health System in Lansing, and Ann Arbor’s St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers.
Also recognized were Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region in Honolulu, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Calif.
Fifty-two health care institutions received Partners and Champions for Change Awards, among those Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. No other Michigan institutions were honored.
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 health care; 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.