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Metro Health Receives Environmental Leadership Award

Metro Health Hospital has received another award for its leadership in health care sustainability.

Practice Greenhealth awarded the Wyoming, Michigan-based community hospital with its 2009 Environmental Leadership Award. The hospital, one of only a few full-service hospitals in the country to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified was also inducted into the Environmental Leadership Circle during the organization’s 2009 award ceremony, which was held recently.

The Environmental Leadership Circle is the premier award recognizing health care facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. To be considered, facilities must meet the criteria for the mercury-free award, recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste, have implemented numerous other innovative pollution prevention programs, and be leaders in their community.

"We are incredibly honored to have received this recognition from Practice Greenhealth for our green initiatives," said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. "We recognize the importance of ‘being green’ in everything we do and made an early commitment to be a leader in sustainability in health care within our state. "As a result, we have achieved several major accomplishments, including LEED certification for our new hospital, a thriving farmers’ market and the recycling of the majority of our old hospital and its equipment. Metro Health is very pleased to be recognized among this elite circle of health care providers."

The $170-million, 208-bed hospital sits at the center of the 170-acre Metro Health Village, which will be home to more 40 LEED-certified businesses and organizations when it is completed. The Village is believed to be the first and largest healthcare village in the country comprised entirely of LEED-certified buildings.

Metro Health incorporated a number of sustainable design features in the new hospital, including the second-largest green roof in the state, environmentally friendly fabrics, paints, adhesives and carpets that help maintain indoor air quality, "green" cleaning suppliers and environmentally friendly cups and glasses in the cafeteria. The new recycling infrastructure has allowed the hospital to achieve a 30 percent recycling rate. Additionally nearly 65 percent of construction materials used in building the hospital – or nearly 500 tons – were recycled.

Contact: Ellen Bristol, Metro Health Hospital (616) 252-5033
or Mary Ann Sabo, Sabo Public Relations (616)485-1432.

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