LEWISTON — St. Mary’s Health System was honored with a Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization’s seven Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health-care sector.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health-care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution-prevention programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 10 percent of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs.
Lee Myles, CEO of St. Mary’s Health System, praised the staff’s commitment to reducing the facility’s environmental impact, and cited in particular the leadership of Michael Grimmer, the the facility’s system engineer and support services officer.
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the health-care community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.