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Boston, MA – Four Partners HealthCare (Partners) hospitals have been recognized by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving safety and care.  Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) was honored with the 2013 “Making Medicine Mercury-Free” Award, for policies that rid the hospital of the harmful chemical mercury, and prevent it from re-entering.  Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and McLean Hospital (McLean) each received the “Partner Recognition” Award, one of the Environmental Excellence Awards to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. 

“These Awards applaud organizations beginning their journey in environmental stewardship, said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. Partners HealthCare’s commitment to environmental improvements firmly places them on the path of sustainability for the future of health care.”

Partners HealthCare has made sustainability a top priority and is one of the leaders in the health care sector in its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint.  Partners is a founding member of the Healthier Hospital Initiative, a coalition of major health systems across the country that have come together to improve sustainability and environmental safety in health care.  Partners President and CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb is the co-chair of the health care sector of Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, a group that brings together industry leaders to implement Boston’s Climate Action Plan.   

“I am proud to say Partners is well on the way to our goal of reducing energy consumption by 25% by 2014.  The great work being done at our institutions, recognized today by Practice Greenhealth, is leading the way to reduce waste and energy, and minimize adverse environmental effects of our processes on our patients, staff, and the community,” said John Messervy, Director of Capital and Facility Planning for Partners HealthCare and the co-chair of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.  
 
About Partners HealthCare
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care.  In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities.  Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliation of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.  Visit www.partners.org for more information.

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the health care community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit
https://practicegreenhealth.org/.