Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Bay Pines VAHCS Recognized Nationally for Environmental Sustainability
June 2, 2017
Nathan Rivers, Sustainability Officer and Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS) Committee member, Bay Pines VAHCS, poses for a picture with Dr. Dominique A. Thuriere, Chief of Staff during a monthly staff meeting at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on June 1. During the meeting, Thuriere announced that the Bay Pines VAHCS received national recognition as a "Partner for Change" by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care (VA Photo by Timothy Westmorland, Medical Media Services, Bay Pines VAHCS).
BAY PINES, FL – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) was one of 75 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities nationwide recognized as a "Partner for Change" by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award announcement was made during Practice Greenhealth's annual awards ceremony in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 18 where VHA facilities earned more than 180 honors for efforts ranging from energy reduction to green building design, as well as long term commitments to healthier environments. To see all VHA award winners, please visit: www.energy.va.gov/pressreleases/2017051701.asp.
This is the second consecutive year the Bay Pines VAHCS has been recognized as a Partner for Change Award winner. The award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities, like the Bay Pines VAHCS, must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability initiatives in various program areas.
“This recognition demonstrates our efforts to create a better environment of care for Veterans while maintaining a healthy environment in the communities in which we operate," said Kris Brown, Associate Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.
"I would like to commend our local Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS) Committee members – namely Sustainability Officer Nathan Rivers and GEMS Program Manager Dr. Andrew Sayer – for being the driving factor for the success of our local program and national recognition," she continued. "The group is comprised of dedicated professionals who care about the environment and want to make a difference. Our Partner of Change Award is evidence that the committee's initiatives and hard work is paying off year after year.”
To learn more about Practice Greenhealth and the 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards, please visit: practicegreenhealth.org/awards/2017winners.
About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fifth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The healthcare system operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. The Bay Pines VAHCS is part of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). In total, VHA serves more than nine million enrolled Veterans, and employ approximately 305,000 health care professionals and support staff at more than 1,000 sites of care including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and 300 Vet Centers nationwide. To learn more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov ,like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vabaypines.
Jason W. Dangel
Public Affairs Officer
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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