Bay Pines VA Receives National Recognition for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA Receives National Recognition for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care

May 23, 2018

BAY PINES, FL –  The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) was recognized nationwide by receiving an "Emerald Award" by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care industry.

The Emerald Award recognizes the top 20 percent of health care facilities nationwide that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, sustainable sourcing, and have developed successful sustainability initiatives in other program areas.

Bay Pines was also one of ten medical facilities nationwide that received a “Circle of Excellence Award in Energy” for outstanding performance in energy efficiency and strategic use. The Circle of Excellence Award in Energy recognizes facilities that are pushing the envelope and driving innovation in energy sustainability.  Leading healthcare systems, like Bay Pines VAHCS, have programs to reduce energy use over time, track energy intensity and Energy Star performance metrics, and share details on comprehensive energy project implementation. 

The awards announcement was made during Practice Greenhealth's annual environmental excellence awards ceremony in San Diego, CA. on May 9 where Veterans Health Administration (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.

Although this is the first year Bay Pines VAHCS has received either an Emerald or Circle of Excellence Award, this marks the third consecutive year the healthcare system has received a Practice Greenhealth award for environmental excellence. To see all the award winners please visit:

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing nearly 4,300 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is one of the largest VA health care systems 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 Bay Pines VAHCS 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. To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at