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Catholic Health receives environmental award

The Catholic Health System is one of 11 hospital systems in the country named a 2015 “System for Change” award winner by Practice Greenhealth, a national environmental group that encourages environmentally friendly practices among health-care providers.

Catholic Health’s four hospitals — Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital and Sisters’ St. Joseph campus — all received Practice Greenhealth’s “Partner for Change” award and its Making Medicine Mercury Free award.

The System for Change award honors health systems that gather environmental data, set goals and share information about their performance. Winners must have at least four hospitals and be Practice Greenhealth members.

Catholic Health has taken steps to divert about one-third of its waste from landfills through single-stream recycling and now gets 10 percent of its electricity from wind power sources.

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented this month at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition in Portland.