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Martinsburg VA Medical Center receives national award

May 11, 2017

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) will receive a Greenhealth Partner for Change Award, May 18, at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards in Minneapolis.

The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award honors environmental achievements in the health care sector. The award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.

“As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our Veterans, employees and community,” said Robert Moore, the medical center’s Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) program manager. “We take pride in our sustainability programs and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the communities we serve.”

Each Department of Veterans Affairs facility has a GEMS program that combines all aspects of environmental management into a centralized program. The program promotes pollution prevention, regulatory compliance, continuous environmental improvement and integrates healthy environmental practices.

To date, the medical center’s GEMS initiatives have included a recycling car wash, a combination stormwater management/nature area, electric-powered maintenance vehicles and a solar charging station, sustainable building designs, permeable parking lots, improved waste pharmaceutical management and a pre-consumer food composting operation. Future GEMS initiatives at the medical center include items such as additional sustainable building designs and improving stormwater management.

For more information on the medical center’s GEMS program, contact Robert Moore at 304-263-0811, ext. 3412.