August 01, 2021
ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO (August 1, 2021) – In recognition of its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Swedish Medical Center received the Making Mercury Free Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
“Sustainability is an important component of our healing mission,” explains Ryan Tobin, president and chief executive officer at Swedish Medical Center. “In healthcare, this means continually reviewing how our operations affect the health and safety of our environment, patients, visitors, colleagues and community. We are honored to be recognized for our work in becoming mercury-free and are grateful for partners like Practice Greenhealth for dedication to sustainability.”
The one-time award is given to health care facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury and have policies in place to prevent it from re-entering the facility. Award criteria include strong mercury-free purchasing policies and management practices, staff education, and a commitment to continuing to be mercury-free.
“In a shifting health care landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community,” said Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth founder. “Swedish demonstrates the kind of leadership, innovation, and performance that can drive the entire health sector toward more environmentally responsible practices.”
The award is one of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards given annually to honor health care’s achievements in sustainability.