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Sustainability

Our commitment to providing a healthier and cleaner community.

Safe medication disposal

Going paperless

Energy

  • Since 2011 our energy savings initiatives have saved over $2,700,000 and made our facilities more efficient.
  • We received over $360,000 in energy efficiency rebates from our utility vendors to make energy improvements.
  • We’ve got solar power. In the fall of 2014, Westfields Hospital & Clinic installed two solar panels, and our Plymouth clinic, opened in November 2014, has solar panels. Maple Grove clinic also has an array of solar panels that went live in June 2017.
  • In 2015, Methodist Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Westfields Hospital & Clinic and the HealthPartners Inver Grove Heights clinic (2016) signed Community Solar Garden subscription agreements. In 2017, we signed additional agreements for Regions Hospital, Park Nicollet’s St. Louis Park Clinic and Stillwater Medical Group Curvecrest Clinic. Once in production, a total of over 45,000,000 kWh of solar energy will be obtained from the sun.
  • Since 2014 our telemedicine programs like virtuwell have prevented the emissions of almost 1,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide. That’s, the equivalent of taking 144 cars off the road for one year.

Waste

  • More than 454,120 pounds of organics were diverted from trash to organics and food waste recycling programs in 2017 at our administrative building, Lakeview Hospital, Regions Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Hudson Hospital.
  • We kept over 4,600 tons of materials out of the landfill in 2017, saving the organization over $200,000.
  • Our ORs removed over 319 tons of materials from the waste stream in 2017, for a savings of $960,000.
  • In 2017, we donated over 50 tons of unused medical equipment, supplies, and office furniture to our nonprofit partners and mission groups.

Green teams/culture

  • We have 25 Green Teams and sustainability work groups across our organization that work hard on leading our sustainability initiatives
  • Green teams are based at our administrative building in Bloomington, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Regions Hospital, Westfields Hospital & Clinic, Amery Hospital & Clinic and we have several green teams for our clinics.
  • We’re leaders in the sustainability community. HealthPartners was the first health system in Minnesota to sign the Health Care Climate Council declaration. We’re also in leadership roles at many local, state and national groups including the MN Sustainable Growth Coalition, HEARRT, Clean Air Minnesota, the Woman’s Environmental Network and the MN Waste Wise Foundation.
  • Check out more about our culture of sustainability in the 2017 HealthPartners Annual Report.

Awards

  • HealthPartners won the 2018 System for Change Award for our comprehensive sustainability program for the fourth year in a row.
  • HealthPartners has received high honors nationally from Practice Greenhealth, the leading health care sustainability community, winning nineteen awards in 2017. Including Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards for Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Regions Hospital and eight Circles of Excellence Awards for outstanding performance in seven different areas.
  • Westfields Hospital & Clinic, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, and Amery Hospital have all received the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Green Masters awards.
  • In 2017 Amery Hospital & Clinic became the only hospital in the world to win the Audubon International Sanctuary designation.

Our environmental stewardship commitment

HealthPartners is committed to caring for the places where we live and work so we can provide a healthier, cleaner, and more livable environment for our employees, members, patients and future generations.

We Will:

  • Expand the use of sustainable and earth-friendly practices that help us work smarter, be healthier and save money
  • Encourage employees to participate in and champion or support sustainability practices, both at work and at home
  • Measure and monitor our progress toward our sustainability goals
  • Lead, advocate or implement initiatives that improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve
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