CKHA Wins National Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award

CHATHAM-KENT: June 15, 2015 - Last evening, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance was honoured by the Canadian College of Health Leaders with its national Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award. This award recognizes a progressive healthcare organization, with organizational-wide initiatives that demonstrate environmental responsibility through the reduction of energy usage, the preservation of natural resources and effective waste diversion solutions. CKHA accepted the award at the College's national conference in Prince Edward Island.


 (left to right) Colin Patey, President & Chief Executive Officer, CKHA; Beth Hall, Director, Support Services, CKHA; and Luis Rodrigues, Vice President, Energy & Environmental Solutions, Honeywell Canada; accept the Canadian College of Health Leaders national Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award at the College's national conference, yesterday.

CKHA was celebrated for its culture of empowerment and excellence, exhibited through the efforts of a small, dedicated and passionate group of staff volunteers, known as The Green Team, which has evolved into a leading program being recognized locally, provincially and nationally for best practice initiatives. The efforts of the entire Alliance team and its incredible industry partnerships, particularly with Honeywell, were also noted. This national recognition by Canada's healthcare leaders suitably reflects CKHA's place as a leading green healthcare organization.

"At Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, green healthcare is engrained in our culture. And, as is often the case within our organization, we are not finished yet," said Colin Patey, President & CEO. "We hope that the entire community of Chatham-Kent will join us in celebrating this achievement as once again, your community hospital is seeing its leading efforts recognized on a national scale."

The Environmental Stewardship Program at CKHA is a comprehensive, holistic program that aims to reduce our environmental impact on human health and the natural environment. Spearheaded by the leading Support Services team, including Beth Hall, Carrie Sophonow and Harrie Bos, CKHA has achieved impressive results. Here are just a few: 

  • Achieved multi-million dollar savings in energy costs; 
  • Strong relationships with industry partners create results and have lead to a Best Practice Spotlight program for Ontario hospitals; 
  • A waste diversion rate of over 55%; and, 
  • Many "firsts" with the most recent being the first hospital to receive 3R certification from the Recycling Council of Ontario this past year.

The overall program demonstrates a significant organizational commitment to environmental sustainability, achieves year over year results in waste and energy reductions, and, defines CKHA as a leader in environmental stewardship.

"This award is really dedicated to the collaboration between our Green Team members and our strategic industry partners," offered Beth Hall, Director, Support Services. "It is an honour to have our efforts recognized by the College. We know that by working together, we continue to show that a focus on a clean environment contributes to a healthier workplace and improves patient care."

To arrange an interview and/or photo: 

Michele Lawton

Communications Specialist

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

(519)352-6401 ext 6315

mlawton [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca

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