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EPA Announces Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Awards

Release Date: 05/02/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/

(05/02/03) EPA, the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Health Care Without Harm organization announce that Bronson Methodist Hospital of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of Lebanon, N.H., have won the 2003 Environmental Leadership Awards for the national Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) program. The H2E initiative was created by an agreement between the American Hospital Association and EPA to advance pollution prevention efforts in the nation’s health care facilities. The goals of H2E are to eliminate the use of mercury in healthcare by 2005, cut health care waste in half by 2010, and identify and eliminate persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic chemicals in the healthcare system. More than 425 partners, representing nearly 1,400 health care facilities, have joined H2E and are committed to achieving those goals. More information is available at: