Health Care and Sustainability

Hospitals rank among 'greenest' in US

October 21, 2015
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Metro Health Hospital's rooftop garden is the second-largest green roof in Michigan. Courtesy Metro Health

Three West Michigan hospitals have been recognized nationally for their green practices.

Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Metro Health Hospital and Bronson Methodist Hospital are among Becker’s Hospital Review’s “50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America" for 2015.

The ranking features hospitals that are leading the industry in sustainable innovation, eco-friendly design and green improvements.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on Practice Greenhealth’s list of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award honorees, Practice Greenhealth's Circles of Excellence and participation in all six Healthier Hospital Initiative, or HHI, challenges.

The team at Becker's also looked at hospitals that are working toward, or have received, a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Three other Michigan hospitals are included in the ranking: Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak, Beaumont Hospital-Troy and University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor.

Blodgett Hospital

Blodgett Hospital was one of 10 hospitals in the U.S. to receive Practice Greenhealth's Leadership Circle of Excellence Award in 2015.

Sustainability programs and steps that helped the facility become a member of the Environmental Leadership Circle include Blodgett Hospital's LEED Silver certification, LED-lit operating rooms, green roof, energy-efficiency program and recycling and waste-reduction efforts.

Blodgett Hospital also participated in all six HHI Challenges.

“We are very pleased to have Blodgett Hospital recognized for its green efforts,” said Paul Bonis, president, Blodgett Hospital.

In addition to being the “right thing to do,” Bonis said the hospital’s green practices also help its patients and their families by providing "a more pleasant environment for healing."

Metro Health Hospital

In 2015, Practice Greenhealth recognized Metro Health Hospital with a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award for the second consecutive year, and with three Circles of Excellence awards in waste reduction, chemical reduction and environmentally preferable purchasing.

Metro Health has a long list of green initiatives that helped it earn national recognition, including a hospital-wide carpooling program, waste-reduction program, mercury-elimination program and an environmentally friendly cleaning supplies program.

Metro Health was one of the first full-service hospitals in the country to become LEED certified.

The sustainably designed hospital features a 48,500-square-foot green roof and landscaping that incorporate native and adaptive vegetation to reduce chemical inputs and irrigation requirements.

“From sponsoring Drug Take Back Days to composting our cafeteria waste to using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, we are always looking for innovative solutions that will help make us a greener organization,” said Ellen Bristol, director of public relations, Metro Health.

Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital was recognized for its pollution prevention, energy conservation, LEED-certified green building design and sustainable food sourcing.

The hospital was the first in Michigan to sign the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge and to implement a plastic foam recycling program.

It’s also committed to reducing its environmental footprint through HHI programs.

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