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Providence Newberg wins green award

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Eight Providence hospitals in Oregon recognized for their sustainability efforts

Providence Newberg Medical Center has earned recognition from a nationwide organization for its efforts to make the hospital more environmentally sustainable.

Along with seven other Providence hospitals in Oregon, PNMC earned the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable practices in the health care sector.GARY ALLEN - Glenn Monzon, manager of environmental services at Providence Newberg Medical Center, stands with bags of recyclables being sent to Providence's central recycling facility. The Newberg hospital recently gained recognition for its environmental sustainability efforts when it won the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable practices in the health care sector.

A press release from PNMC specifically identified several policies at the hospital that led to the award, including recycling at least 15 percent of its total waste and constant efforts to eliminate mercury, reduce waste and find sustainable sources for products.

"At Providence, we talk about creating healthier communities together, and caring for our environment is just one way we do that," Lori Van Zanten, PNMC chief executive, said in the release. "Stewardship is at the core of our mission and we have been committed to adopting sustainable practices for more than a decade. Caring wisely for our resources today, creates better, safer, greener communities for our future."

This year is the first year all eight of Providence's Oregon hospitals received awards for sustainability efforts and at least the second time PNMC has won the award.

The release indicates that Providence Health & Services hospitals in Oregon have been nationally recognized for sustainability efforts, including recycling almost 56 percent of its waste stream at participating facilities and a recycling center in Portland diverts about 5,000 pounds of waste from landfills daily.

Mike Antrim, communications manager for Providence, noted a number of larger initiatives throughout the company, such as a sustainability council started in 2006 to improve sustainability efforts.

Antrim added that the facility has cut down its water usage by 20 percent with automated fixtures and low-flow toilets, purchases 183,000-kilowatt hours of its power from renewable energy sources with Portland General Electric and recycled 85 percent of the waste during construction of the facility, among other efforts.