Hospice of the Western Reserve Lauded for Promoting Health Care Environmental Sustainability

David Simpson Hospice House

Hospice of the Western Reserve recently became the first hospice organization in the United States to earn two national health care environmental awards from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting environmental stewardship and best practices in the health care community. 

 The awards were presented in Cleveland at CleanMed 2014, a leading national environmental conference for health care sustainability. Other award winners include Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve is committed to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship - not only at our two in-patient care centers - but throughout the agency,” said Bill Finn, chief executive officer. “Environmental stewardship, economic vitality and social responsibility align with our mission of providing the best quality of life for our patients and leaving a positive legacy for future generations.”

“We have worked hard to develop programs and practices that protect the environment and the health of our patients, staff and community,” added Kathleen Gatto, director of support services, who heads up the agency’s ‘green team.’  It’s rewarding to see our efforts recognized on a national level.”

David Simpson Hospice House – Earns “Partner for Change Award”

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s east side in-patient care center, David Simpson Hospice House, located on the Lake Erie waterfront at E. 185th St., earned a “Partner for Change Award,” a significant achievement, particularly for an older facility. Much of the environmental technology incorporated into Ames Family Hospice House was not available in 1995, when David Simpson Hospice House was built.

The “Partner for Change” award was presented to health care institutions “that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs.” At a minimum, facilities “must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, be well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.”

 Ames Family Hospice House - Earns “Emerald Award”

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Ames Family Hospice House, a 30,000-square-foot in-patient residential care center in Westlake, achieved an “Emerald Partner in Change” award. The award recognizes “health care facilities that have achieved improvements in mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs ‘that go above and beyond.’” Recipients are considered to be “further along the path to sustainability” and are deemed to “show leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.”

Last year, Ames Family Hospice House also achieved prestigious Gold LEED certification for its environmental building and sustainability practices from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainability strategies include the use of low VOC paint, carpet and furnishings, built-in recycling centers throughout the facility, chemical-free lawns and gardens, a high-efficiency climate control system zoned for patient comfort and water-efficient fixtures, which reduce water use by 28 percent. When Ames Family Hospice House was built, more 75 percent of construction debris was diverted by repurposing or recycling.

Laurie Henrichsen

Public & Media Relations Manager, Hospice of the Western Reserve

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