Lakeview Health System

Friday, May 25, 2018 - Lakeview Hospital wins a Top 25 award for sustainability

Lakeview Hospital is one of the top 25 hospitals in the nation for groundbreaking achievement and innovation in health care sustainability.

The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award comes from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Three other HealthPartners hospitals – Hudson Hospital & Clinic in Hudson, Wisconsin, Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota – were also featured on the Top 25 list.

Across HealthPartners, six hospitals and the health system collected 19 environmental awards at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala in San Diego on May 9.

The 25 hospitals presented with Practice Greenhealth's highest honors in the Top 25 category are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs, and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture.

Lakeview Hospital & Clinic has an ongoing commitment to the environment and in 1991 established a Green Team to champion sustainability efforts at the hospital. Recent highlights of the Green Team’s work include:

  • Sustainable, local food sourcing, including an innovative partnership with aquaponics farm Urban Organics to provide salads in patient meals and in the cafeteria
  • Paper, energy and water reduction efforts
  • Reusable to-go meal container program in the cafeteria
  • Medicine disposal drop boxes for community use

“We’re always looking for new ways to work sustainably,” said Kelly Dalton, Lakeview Hospital Environmental Services Manager and chair of the hospital’s Green Team. “It’s the right thing to do, for our patients, our staff, our community and our environment.”

“The Practice Greenhealth Top 25 awards are truly a reflection of the dedication, passion and support we have at the hospitals that won these awards in 2018,” said Dana Slade, Director, Sustainability Programs across HealthPartners. “We have made a strong connection between health, well-being and our sustainability initiatives. This is illustrated every day by all of our colleagues across the organization.”

The green team at Lakeview Hospital, which is responsible for coordinating sustainability initiatives across the campus.

The team that accepted Lakeview Hospital’s sustainability award from Practice Greenhealth. Pictured, left to right: Dana Slade, Director, Sustainability Programs for HealthPartners, Sam McKeough, Sustainability Coordinator for HealthPartners, Kris Delfun-Peterson, Manager of Surgical Services at Lakeview Hospital, and Robbi Hagelberg, Vice President of Nursing Services at Lakeview Hospital.