Ridgeview Medical Center receives environmental leadership award

WACONIA, Minn. (May 11, 2012)—Ridgeview Medical Center has been awarded the highest environmental achievement award presented by Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. For the sixth consecutive year—one of only 23 hospitals in the nation to have accomplished this—Ridgeview was recognized as a Sustained Member of the Environmental Leadership Circle, Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor and a distinction no other hospital in Minnesota holds.

"This award honors the highest level of commitment to environmental stewardship and protecting public health," said Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Laura Wenger, RN. "They are the best of the best, the recipients of our top award. Ridgeview Medical Center is truly demonstrating leadership for the future of health care."

The Environmental Leadership Circle recognizes healthcare facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. Award winners are chosen by the Practice Greenhealth award review team from the top Partner for Change applicants. To be considered, facilities must meet the criteria for the mercury-free award, recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste stream, have implemented numerous other innovative pollution prevention programs and are leaders in their community. Ridgeview has exceeded the minimal requirements on many levels.

"Ridgeview is thrilled to be honored again for efforts to protect the health of our environment while delivering the high-quality care the community has grown to expect. A national award of this magnitude highlights our dedication to sustainability," said John Prondzinski, vice president, Support and Clinical Services, Ridgeview Medical Center. "We are proud of our leadership and staff for their continued commitment to these important environmental initiatives."

About Ridgeview Medical Center

Ridgeview is an independent, regional health care network serving the west-metro area. Its award-winning network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, numerous primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, specialty programs and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center and its clinics, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector. For more information about Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.