The U.S. Army Medical Command's (MEDCOM) sustainability program is pleased to announce the Practice Greenhealth (PGH) 2016 Environmental Excellence Award winners. Several Army military treatment facilities (MTFs) were recognized for their sustainability achievements and practices.

Winners include:

Evans Army Community Hospital
Emerald Award: PGH Emerald Award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate their sustainability programs are further along the path to sustainability. Award determinations are made from top applicants for the Greenhealth Partner for Change Award.

Evans Army Community Hospital and Moncrief Army Community Hospital
Greening the Operating Room: This award recognizes one top facility applicant for their outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the surgical environment.

Madigan Army Medical Center
Circle of Excellence --Waste: The award recognizes hospitals for outstanding performance in the following specific topic areas: Leadership, Waste, Chemicals, Greening the Operating Room, Food, Energy, Water, Climate, Green Building, and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing.

Bassett Army Community Hospital
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
Evans Army Community Hospital
Madigan Army Medical Center
Moncrief Army Community Hospital
Partner for Change Award: The PGH award recognizes health care facilities that have implemented a significant number of environmental programs and continuously improve and expand upon these programs on the path to sustainability.

Brooke Army Medical Center
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Fox Army Health Center
Martin Army Community Hospital
Munson Army Health Center
Reynolds Army Community Hospital
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Tripler Army Medical Center
Partner Recognition: PGH Partner Recognition Award recognizes health care facilities that have begun to work on environmental improvements.

PGH is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. In order to be recognized by PGH, MTFs must be actively working to reduce energy and water use, reduce generation and disposal of waste, implement sustainable procurement practices, and/or develop local and sustainable nutrition programs. The process includes a detailed application, the results of which MEDCOM Headquarters is also using for annual tracking of progress.

MEDCOM has an active membership in this organization, and many MTFs have competed and achieved the Environmental Excellence Awards in past years. The number of award recipients this year represents a near doubling in the number of sites achieving recognition status over last year, a significant step forward for MEDCOM's sustainability program.

MEDCOM's sustainability program seeks to ensure continued access to the energy, water and other environmental resources necessary to accomplish the MEDCOM mission and vision today and in the future. Sustainability efforts improve the patient environment by reducing the use of hazardous materials and chemicals of concern in the design, construction and operation of MTFs.

It is MEDCOM policy to deliver sustainable healthcare with all activities striving to: 1) effectively and efficiently minimize all waste streams; 2) optimize lifecycle management of facilities and infrastructure; 3) sustain and enhance the well-being of patients and workforce; and 4) incorporate environmentally preferable purchasing and sustainability into procurement and contracting actions.

PGH is focused on the healthcare community, making its tools and expertise well-suited to the unique mission of MEDCOM. MEDCOM will also receive detailed analysis of all entries as PGH produces a database of industry sustainability information and provides MEDCOM HQ summary reports by location and region, as well as a Command-level summary. MEDCOM MTFs will benchmark their progress against like institutions, and each year the "industry best practice" will continue to improve, keeping the targets relevant to MEDCOM as it seeks continual improvement.