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Highland, Breese hospitals earn national awards for sustainability

In recognition for successful programs to reduce their environmental impact, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese both received the Partner for Change Award from 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 sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.

“As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said John Ludwig, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. “We take pride in our sustainability programs and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the communities we serve.”

“Reverence for the earth is one of the ways that we live out our Franciscan values,” said Paulette Evans, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. “By taking steps to conserve our natural resources by eliminating hazardous materials and through our recycling efforts, we are following in the footsteps of St. Francis and our Hospital Sisters in caring for and protecting our environment.”

The award will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

St. Joseph’s-Highland receives two more awards

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital-Highland was recently recognized for its commitment to patient safety and patient experience with the 2017 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and 2017 Healthgrades Outpatient Experience Award.

The awards recognize hospitals with the lowest occurrences of preventable patient safety events and excellence in the overall patient experience provided to patients. Hospitals awarded the Patient Safety Excellence Award rank in the top 15 percent in the nation with the highest overall patient experience scores. Hospitals awarded the Patient Safety Excellence Award rank in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety.

“These awards are reflective of all the hard work our clinical and non-clinical staff put in every day to provide the best and safest care for our patients,” said Ludwig. “Providing every patient the best care every time is the foundation of everything we do.”

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals for each award based on specific criteria over a 12-month period. Hospitals that are awarded the Outstanding Patient Experience Award are scored on 10 patient experience measures, using the data collected from the 32-question survey completed by each hospital’s patients. Hospitals that receive the Patient Safety Excellence Award have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events. This is the second consecutive year St. Joseph’s Hospital has received the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

“All of our colleagues put a tremendous amount of time and energy into making our hospital a safe place for patients,” said Melissa Cates, interim chief nursing officer at St. Joseph’s. “Safety is not just the job of nursing, it takes the efforts of everyone. We are very proud to be receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the second year in a row.”