Bronson Methodist Hospital Honored for Being Green

October 03, 2013

101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies

Bronson Methodist Hospital (BMH) has been named one of Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies for 2013. Gov. Rick Snyder presented the award to Lisa Hardesty, Bronson environment of care and sustainability mnager, at a symposium and awards ceremony in Grand Rapids, Mich. on September 18. The honor is bestowed on companies that are successfully focused on being more sustainable, improving the lives of their employees, and are committed to the local and global environments. BMH is the only hospital in southwest Michigan to be recognized. 

"At Bronson, we focus on doing what's right for patients and our communities. We have led the way on developing solutions that improve patient care while reducing costs and preserving the environment," said Mike Way, Bronson Healthcare senior vice president for supply chain, facilities and real estate. "It is an honor to be recognized for these efforts."

The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies are selected by an independent research firm based on scores in the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning & operational improvement, innovation & problem solving, building & grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance. 

Environmental Leadership Circle

BMH is recognized nationally for ecological health, green initiatives, and environmental stewardship. 2013 marks the hospital's 11th year as a recipient of the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Circle Award. This award recognizes healthcare facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices. To be considered, facilities must meet criteria for being mercury-free; recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste stream while holding regulated medical waste to eight percent or less; implement innovative pollution prevention programs; and be leaders in their community. 

50 Greenest Hospitals in America

Becker's Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, recently named BMH as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America. The list is developed from sources such as Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the Environmental Protection Agency and other experts. Hospitals on the list lead by example through mass-scale and local carbon-cutting efforts and they also demonstrate how environmental sustainability is everyone's responsibility. 

Some of the ways staff at Bronson support sustainability include reducing energy and water use, re-purposing furniture and existing space, recycling Styrofoam and batteries, commuting to work via bike and hybrid vehicles, and purchasing sustainably grown food from local vendors.