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November 7, 2012


Linda, Varangu, Canadian Coalition for Green Sustainable Health care, Joanne Kiefer, director foodservices-housekeeping NGH, JJ Knott, director plant operations NGH &Terri Stenclik, director purchasing NGH, accept Green Health Care Award


Simcoe, ON – Norfolk General Hospital has won the 2012 Green Health Care Overall Leadership Award as presented by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. The award was given during the Green Health Care session at the HealthAchieve 2012 Convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Monday, November 5, 2012.

“It was very exciting to learn that we had been selected as the winners. This is truly a corporate award that all staff can be proud of,” said Joanne Kiefer, director of nutrition, foodservices and housekeeping at NGH. “While certain individuals may be responsible for initiating green programs, without the staff participation in these programs (e.g. recycling, energy conservation, travel mug program) we would not be successful.”

The award recognizes leadership and excellence in reducing health care’s environmental impact. “Congratulations on demonstrating a significant organizational commitment to environmental sustainability and to reducing environmental impact, including evidence of progress in energy efficiency, pollution prevention, waste management and involvement with the community,” said Amanda Nilsson of the Ontario Hospital Association.

Over the past year, NGH has re-energized our waste minimization program; implemented several initiatives to reduce water and energy consumption; participated in a local foods initiative; and has hosted a green health care workshop for south-central and south western Ontario health care organizations.

“NGH is a principal employer in our community and we want to demonstrate leadership in the area of green. Incorporating green into health care shows that we are committed to a healthier, sustainable environment and the protection of our staff, patients and visitors. It is a win win situation for all,” said Kiefer.


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