Advocate Christ Medical Center’s commitment to environmental excellence has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
The hospital earned Practice Greenhealth’s Emerald Award, presented annually to honor the environmental sustainability achievements of health care facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste and sustainable sourcing, among other achievements. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the health care sector. Advocate Christ Medical Center was among eleven Advocate hospitals to receive individual recognition from the non-profit.
For the 10th straight year, Advocate Health Care received Practice Greenhealth’s System for Change Award, which honors health care systems working to reduce energy use, increase recycling, establish green building practices and set and meet other goals related to sustainability. The system’s decade-long record of recognition represents the longest active streak in the United States.
“To be named among the nation’s sustainability leaders is a direct reflection of our team members’ dedication to responsible stewardship of our resources,” said Al Manshum, senior vice president, operations integration. “As the health of individuals is inextricably linked to the health of our environment, we recognize that delivering exceptional care to our patients includes reducing our environmental impact and contributing towards a healthier environment in the communities we serve.”
Advocate Christ Medical Center was also recognized with a “Circle of Excellence” award in the Green Building category, honoring hospitals that have demonstrated LEED and other green building achievements over the past five years. These hospitals emphasize policies that show a commitment to or even requirement of LEED-level construction standards for all major new builds or renovations. Their achievements include energy and water efficiency, safer materials, regional sourcing, integration of nature and other mechanisms to create high-performance healing environments.
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks. A not-for-profit, 749-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,500 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart, kidney and lung transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 100,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, and the robotic da Vinci Surgery System®. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology & heart surgery and diabetes & endocrinology and rated it overall as being among the top four hospitals in Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession.