Across HealthPartners hospitals, clinics and operations, we are committed to responsible stewardship of our natural resources. We are annually recognized by leading organizations dedicated to evaluating the sustainability efforts of health care organizations. Sustainability best practices range from lighting selection to renewable energy use – and everything in between.
Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental stewardship in health care, honored HealthPartners with 29 awards, a new record for the organization. The previous year we won 19 awards. One of the biggest opportunities in health care is to reduce waste in surgery centers. Ways we do that include:
- Efficient disposal of medical fluids
- Reducing air conditioning when not in use
- LED lighting
- Reprocessing of single-use medical devices
- Customizing operating room kits to avoid purchasing supplies that are not needed
Westfields Hospital was certified in 2019, as an Audubon Sanctuary, making it the second hospital in the world to receive the honor. The first hospital was Amery. To be Audubon-certified, organizations must meet high standards of environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water conservation, and outreach and education. Certification reflects our commitment to maintaining our campuses as a sanctuary for wildlife and community members alike.
Solar panels at Westfields Hospital & Clinic (pictured) and at Park Nicollet clinics in Plymouth and Maple Grove produce clean, renewable energy. In addition, subscriptions to community solar gardens provide energy for Lakeview, Methodist and Regions hospitals and four of our clinics.
HealthPartners participated in Health Care Without Harm’s 2019 Health Care Climate Challenge, a program focused on taking actions to reduce/reverse climate change. We were one of just 40 health care systems worldwide to be recognized as a Climate Champion. The program honored HealthPartners in four categories: greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy, climate resilience and climate leadership.