In recognition of its commitment to environmental stewardship and greening its internal health care practices, Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) has won three Green Health Care Awards as top performer in the categories of Leadership, Pollution Prevention, and Waste.
The Green Health Care awards are presented annually by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. This year’s awards were based on data submitted to the 2021 Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) program, which rendered KDH the highest Leadership, Pollution Prevention and Waste scores of all participating hospitals within its peer group. KDH was also awarded an Honourable Mention in the Water Category.
“We are truly honoured to receive these awards and to be acknowledged among our peers for success in making our hospital more environmentally friendly,” said Frank J. Vassallo, KDH’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud to be recognized as a Canadian leader in driving health care’s greening agenda.”
KDH’s Manager of Building Services and Environmental Program Lead, Tammy Buehlow, attributes the organization’s outstanding results to leadership. “KDH’s corporate commitment to sustainability through dedicated budgeting and planning, an executive champion, a dedicated staff member, and our KDH Green Team aligns perfectly with our Environmental Mantra, which remains, ‘Our hospital, our responsibility’,” she said.
This is not the first time that KDH has been recognized as a top performer by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care: the hospital’s sustainability efforts were rewarded in 2020 with five awards in the small hospital peer group including Green Hospital of the Year. KDH was also recognized with awards in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015.
“At KDH we recognize that, as a community leader, we have a responsibility to minimize our ecological impact while providing quality health care services in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy environment for our patients, staff, and visitors,” said Brittany Rivard, KDH’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. “Our Environmental Mission Statement is a demonstrated commitment from within to operate in an environmentally responsible manner today, for a better tomorrow.”
The Green Hospital Scorecard is a comprehensive health care benchmarking tool that measures energy and water conservation, waste management and recycling, corporate commitment, and pollution prevention. Participating hospitals report on their environmental and sustainability initiatives through an online questionnaire and the resulting Scorecard summarizes their environmental performance relative to their peers.
The awards were presented by the Coalition’s Executive Director, Neil Ritchie, at the Coalition’s virtual awards ceremony earlier this fall.