Advocate Health Care Receives Governor’s Sustainability Award

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Recognized for its work in protecting the environment, Advocate Health Care has earned the Governor’s Sustainability award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC).

“Going green has moved from novelty to necessity within our healthcare ministry,” said Mary Larsen, manager of environmental stewardship at Advocate Health Care.

Recognized for its work in protecting the environment, Advocate Health Care has earned the Governor’s Sustainability award from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). Advocate was one of 21 businesses and organizations highlighted for their commitment to environmental excellence through innovative sustainability practices.

Among Advocate’s nearly 32,000 associates, dozens of green teams have been working to educate, create awareness and develop environmental protection strategies. The ISTC said Advocate’s reductions in energy consumption and medical waste along with medical device reprocessing and recycling of construction debris are making a significant difference.

“Going green has moved from novelty to necessity within our healthcare ministry,” said Mary Larsen, manager of environmental stewardship at Advocate Health Care. “Our goal of creating the most efficient, least wasteful processes has a direct impact on patient care and good health outcomes.”

Advocate’s emphasis on environmental stewardship aligns with its Mission, Values and Philosophy. This past year, Advocate was honored with the System for Change award from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental responsibility and best practices by healthcare organizations.

About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s top health systems, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health care companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011.

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