Fletcher Allen Wins National Award for Green Practices

F O R   R E L E A S E:   Immediate (May 26, 2009)

C O N T A C T:                      
Michael Carrese
Marketing and Communications
802-847-2886 or 760-8832

BURLINGTON, VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care is one of two organizations in the nation receiving the highest award for environmental excellence this year from Practice Greenhealth, the country’s leading association devoted to environmentally responsible health care.  Fletcher Allen joins Metro Health of Wyoming, Michigan in being selected to Practice Greenhealth’s “Environmental Leadership Circle.”

The association’s awards are given to institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of their operations.

"I’m pleased to accept this award on behalf of all the Fletcher Allen employees who have worked hard to make our operations greener,” said Dr. Melinda Estes, President and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care.  “I’m proud we are being cited as a national role model for environmental practices, and I look forward to working with our staff to reduce our carbon footprint even further,” she added. 

Practice Greenhealth noted that in the past year, Fletcher Allen has reduced energy consumption by 8%, introduced recycling to patient rooms, and expanded use of locally grown food and green construction materials. 

"All of our members are committed to improving health care's environmental performance, but Fletcher Allen belongs to a select group of facilities setting the highest standards," said Practice Greenhealth Executive Director Bob Jarboe.

Awards are presented in seven categories to more than 60 facilities.  Practice Greenhealth will sponsor the planting of 100 trees in Haiti for each award presented.

About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth 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. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org

About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center.  Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment.  Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.  With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region.  For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site at www.fletcherallen.org. ###