Health Care Without Harm Announces 2011 Sustainable Food in Health Care Awards

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September 27, 2011
Health Care Without Harm Press Release
Contact: Eileen Secrest  540-376-4495
Emma Sirois  503-780-9859

Health Care Without Harm Announces 2011 Sustainable Food in Health Care Awards

Awards Recognize Hospitals and Staff Implementing Sustainable Food Programs

Washington, DC — The Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of its Annual Sustainable Food Awards. The awards recognize significant achievement as well as leadership in health care food service; and are intended to spur competition to achieve measurable, lasting results; to encourage continuous improvement, with an emphasis on quantitative versus qualitative results; and to increase benchmarking progress in sustainable operations in health care food service. The Awards will be presented at the 2011 FoodMed conference in Seattle, Washington.

“Many of these hospitals have worked for years to implement these changes, and these awards are a small token to honor the tremendous work being done by health care food service staff to improve the health of the nation.”
— Emma Sirois
Program Director, HCWH Program
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

“We are so pleased to launch this inaugural round of Sustainable Food awards, with the winners representing eight states and 10 health care facilities,” stated Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm. “These awards are a new important way to recognize the advances and innovation in hospital food service, which are taking place in facilities all over the country.”

The facilities eligible for the awards have taken the HCWH Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge, or met minimum eligibility requirements, and completed the HFHC Survey, from which facilities and individuals who meet the individual award criteria are chosen. The results of the surveys will be reported in the HFHC 2011 Menu of Change Report.

“We’re honored to receive this award from Health Care without Harm, which along with other great partners in Vermont and beyond has helped us create a model food service that supports our mission to provide the highest quality of care and to be responsible stewards of the environment,” stated Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services, from Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington, VT, which won first place in both the Sustainable Procurement Food Award and the Public Policy and Advocacy Award categories. “Transforming our program has been an exciting and rewarding journey for Fletcher Allen, and this recognition will serve to encourage our efforts to assist other institutions that want to follow the same path.”

Concerns about the health of patient, staff and visitors have led many health care food services to make major changes in their food procurement, preparation and nutrition. Many facilities are incorporating more healthy menus, and using fresh, sustainable ingredients, ranging from poultry raised without the use of routine, non-therapeutic antibiotics, to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Many facilities now host farmer’s markets, compost their food waste, and provide education on nutritious, sustainable foods to their food service staff, procurement agencies and suppliers.

“Hospitals are engaging with their suppliers to source more healthy sustainable food choices, and we have seen a change in many of the supplier offerings in response to hospital requests,” said Emma Sirois, Program Director, Health Care Without Harm Program, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility “Many of these hospitals have worked for years to implement these changes, and these awards are a small token to honor the tremendous work being done by health care food service staff to improve the health of the nation.”

The following are descriptions of the awards and a listing of the 2011 Sustainable Food Award winners.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROCUREMENT AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that, through their food purchasing decisions, promote health by providing sustainable food choices for patients, staff, and the community.

1st Place: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2nd Place: United General Hospital, Sedro Woolley, WA
3rd Place: John Muir Medical Center, Concord, CA

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that have expressed their support for a healthy food system through their endorsement for and education and advocacy on public policy.

1st Place: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2nd Place: Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI
3rd Place: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

FOOD CLIMATE HEALTH CONNECTION AWARD
The purpose of the Food Climate Health Connection Award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that are taking significant steps toward reducing their climate footprint.

1st Place: Carroll Hospital, Westminster, MD
2nd Place: John Muir Medical Center, Concord, CA
3rd Place: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

CLINICAL ENGAGEMENT AWARD
The Clinical Engagement Award is meant to recognize up to three leading clinical health professionals for making the critical link between our industrialized food system and public health. The award encourages innovative program development and educational outreach.

1st Place: Lisa McDowell, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
2nd Place: Tim Goltz, MD, Lincoln County Healthcare, Damariscotta, ME
3rd Place: Amy Collins, MD, MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham and Natick, MA

HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program works with hospitals across the country to help improve the sustainability of their food services. The program provides education and resources to health care facilities making the connection between the food they serve and the health of their patients, staff and community. Leveraging their purchasing power and health expert status to promote a healthier food system, hospitals can help protect public and environmental health by building a safer, healthier food system. To learn more about HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care Program, visit www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org.

 

Heath Care without Harm, an international coalition of more than 500 organizations in 53 countries, is working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. To learn more about HCWH's work, visit our website at www.noharm.org, our YouTube channel at HCwithoutharm, and our twitter feed at hcwithoutharm.