Joint Base San Antonio, Texas -- The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) supports Readiness through sustainability efforts at Department of Defense Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs). MEDCOM’s resource-aware stewardship and targeted sustainability initiatives reduce the total cost of MTF operations by continuously improving efficiency and eliminating waste, as documented in the Command’s Annual Sustainability Reports.Practice Greenhealth (PGH) recently recognized 24 Army MTFs with national awards for achievement and innovation in healthcare sustainability. PGH is a national non-profit that partners with healthcare systems in order to reduce the industry’s contributions to climate change, environmental degradation and public health issues.The “Top 25 Environmental Excellence” award is PGH’s highest honor for hospitals. These hospitals are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs, and illustrating how sustainability is a core part of their culture. Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, was selected as one of the Top 25 facilities out of all reporting hospitals for the third year in a row.The “Circles of Excellence” award recognizes up to 10 of the highest performing hospitals for each individual category of environmental performance including leadership, waste, chemicals, greening the operating room, food, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy, water, climate, and green building. Winners are selected based on the highest scores within that category while also meeting a set of threshold criteria. Two Army MTFs were recognized as “Circle of Excellence” in chemicals, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas.The “Greenhealth Emerald” award recognizes the top 20% of the highest-scoring applicants that are setting the standard in reducing waste, addressing chemicals of concern, tackling sustainable procurement and are achieving significant successes in a range of other areas. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the healthcare sector. Two Army MTFs achieved this award in 2020, but have also been repeat winners: Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado, (7 years) and Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, (4 years).Additional performance awards were achieved by Army MTFs in the areas of “Greening the Operating Room” and “Making Medicine Mercury Free”. “Greening the Operating Room” recognizes the top 20% of the highest-scoring applicants for this category. Winners must have made substantial progress in reducing the impact of the surgical environment, have a clinical champion supporting the work, and also meet metric and quality score thresholds. Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas; Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado; Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas; Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington; and Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, California, received the award. Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, achieved the “Making Medicine Mercury Free” award.The “Partner for Change” award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, and source products sustainably. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15% of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs.The following MTFs received the “Partner for Change” award in 2020:Medical Department Activity Bavaria, GermanyBassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, AlaskaBayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, LouisianaBlanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KentuckyBrooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, TexasDwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GeorgiaGuthrie Army Health Center, Fort Drum, New YorkIreland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KentuckyIrwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, KansasKeller Army Community Hospital, West Point, New YorkKenner Army Health Clinic, Fort Lee, VirginiaKimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, MarylandLandstuhl Regional Medical Center, GermanyMartin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, GeorgiaMoncrief Army Health Clinic, Columbia, South CarolinaRaymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, Fort Huachuca, ArizonaReynolds Army Health Clinic, Fort Sill, OklahomaTripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HawaiiWeed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, CaliforniaWilliam Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, TexasWinn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Georgia