White House names Gundersen CEO Champion of Change

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Our CEO, Jeff Thompson was named a Champion of Change by the White House on July 9th, 2013. Only 11 other people were honored by the white House as being named Champions of Change on this date. Dr. Thompson was recognized for his extraordinary leadership in environmental stewardship. The Champions of Change program was created by the White House to honor individuals living in North America who are inspiring and empowering their community in many ways. Dr. Thompson was recognized due to the hard work that our organization is doing to achieve our goal of reaching energy independence by 2014. We have many projects that are helping us to achieve our goal of energy independence including our biomass boiler project which represents 38% of our energy goal, a 38% recycling rate of solid waste stream in 2012, and our La Crosse county landfill project which has made our Onalaska campus 100% energy independent. With renewable energy projects on the way, our organization is getting closer to our energy independence goal. We strive to not only create a healthier environment for our patients and surrounding communities with these energy projects, but also to decrease healthcare costs.

However, even though our organization has a goal of energy independence by 2014, we will not stop there. It is important to remember that there is always room for improvement. We are always looking for new ideas, and we will continue to work with our surrounding communities to make a positive difference on our environment and in the lives of our patients. If you are hoping to launch a sustainability program in your organization and make a positive impact on your local community, consider looking into our consulting service. Or, join us at our headquarters in La Crosse, Wis., for one or more of our affordable Sustainability Series courses, including:

 Don’t miss the opportunity to learn directly from our team setting the standards in healthcare.

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