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Magee Named One of America’s Greenest Hospitals

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 12, 2015Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC has once again been recognized as a leader in green initiatives and outstanding commitment to environmental health with a spot on the 50 Greenest Hospitals of America list of Becker’s Hospital Review. The list features hospitals that are leading the industry in sustainable innovation, eco-friendly design and green improvements.
“Magee has a deep commitment not only to the health of women and newborns, but also in advancing environmentally sustainable practices in healthcare,” said Lou Baverso, vice president of operations, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. “We are honored to be named one of the greenest hospitals in the country and proud that our efforts continue to benefit our patients, employees and the environment.”
Magee earned prestige for its green practices including recycling; reducing waste, energy and chemicals in surgical procedures; maintaining an organic garden that provides vegetables used for patient meals and in meals served in the hospital cafeteria; and incorporating environmental health into community education programs. Magee’s inpatient units use recyclable materials; feature flooring, walls and furniture made with materials free of hazardous chemicals; and Magee reduced its carbon footprint by purchasing local materials and recycling nearly 100 percent of its construction waste.
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 (HII) challenges.  Participation in the HHI challenges means committing to having an engaged leadership that supports sustainability efforts, offering healthier food, reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and increasing recycling, transitioning to using safer chemicals and purchasing environmentally preferable products.

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