VAMC Wins Enviromental Sustainability Award
12/18/2018 03:17 PM
The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Lebanon VA Medical Center announced it was recently named a winner in the Practice GreenHealth (PGH) Environmental Excellence Awards.
The south-central Pennsylvania Veteran-centric health care system was a awarded a Greenhealth “Partner For Change” Award for its sustainable vehicle fleet.
The local VA Medical Center replaced several on-site shop trucks, mail vehicles and vans with solar-powered electric vehicles. The vehicles fully meet the needs of the medical center and provide the additional benefits of reducing fuel use and avoiding pollution from vehicle idling. The electric vehicles also handle short distances better than standard vehicles, reducing maintenance costs for vehicles on-campus.
Lebanon VAMC Director and CEO, Robert W. Callahan, Jr. stated, “We are pleased that Practice Greenhealth recognizes VA’s commitment to the environment while we are providing the Nation’s Veterans with the quality health care they deserve. Our recycling, composting, energy efficiency, geo-thermal energy use, solid waste reduction and use of green alternative chemicals are not only good business practices, they are also good for the environment. Sustainable practices reduce VA’s burden on the environment, and lower the cost of doing business by many thousands of dollars. These savings can be returned to patient care.”
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for organizations in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally preferable practices. Practice Greenhealth members include hospitals and healthcare systems, healthcare providers, manufacturers and service providers, architectural, engineering and design firms, group purchasing organizations, and affiliated non-profit organizations. Practice Greenhealth has become the healthcare sector’s go-to source for information, tools, resources and expert technical support on sustainability. Practice Greenhealth offers practical and cost-effective programs to its members and continues to educate, motivate and engage the sector to move toward a higher standard of care.