Gundersen Health System receives Excellence Award for Sustainability


Gundersen Health System recently received an Excellence Award for Sustainability from VHA Inc., the national healthcare network. The Excellence Award honors Gundersen’s work in creating a comprehensive sustainability program in 2014 that reduces the environmental impact of delivering healthcare in the local community. The award was presented on Thursday, May 14, during VHA’s national Navigating to Excellence Forum, held in Las Vegas.

The photo above pictures Gundersen Operations Vice President Kraig Schuster (second from left); Gundersen Purchasing Director Lynne Dosch (middle); and Gundersen Purchasing Manager Dave Demorest (second from right) accepting the award.

To determine the VHA sustainability award winners, entries were reviewed by a panel of judges from VHA, VHA member hospitals and experts in the sustainability field. The panel reviewed submitted entries based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Expandable learnings
  • Measurable results

Gundersen was one of five VHA member hospitals who received an award for a superior sustainability program in 2014.

“Across the country, VHA member organizations are leading the development of sustainability programs that make the delivery of care more environmentally conscious and resource considerate,” said Colleen Risk, VHA executive vice president, member networks and human resources. “Their spirit and commitment to sustainability reflects VHA’s values and mission, and we are proud to recognize Gundersen’s sustainability program achievement.”

Find out more about Gundersen’s best practices in healthcare sustainability.

About VHA Inc.

Effective April 1, 2015, VHA Inc., the national healthcare network of not-for-profit hospitals, and UHC, the alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, combined into a single organization. The combined organization is the largest member-owned healthcare company in the country and is dedicated to leading healthcare innovation, creating knowledge and fostering collaboration to help our members thrive. The company serves more than 5,200 health system members and affiliates as well as 118,000 non-acute healthcare customers. Members range from independent, community-based healthcare organizations to large, integrated systems and academic medical centers, and it represents more than $50 billion in annual purchasing volume. Headquarters are in Irving, Texas, with locations in Chicago and other cities across the United States.


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