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VA in Saginaw receives award for green healthcare practices

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A VA hospital in Saginaw is being recognized for its efforts in providing green healthcare.

The hospital was recognized for sustainability practices that include eliminating mercury, and reducing and recycling waste.

Carla Mose is the Green Environmental Management Systems coordinator at the VA Saginaw Medical Center.

“We have waste, that’s what it comes down to we have biological waste etc. so it doesn’t matter what healthcare facility you’re going to have that type of waste. So they’re looking at ways that healthcare can try and address that and become a sustainable industry.”

Mose said there are hospitals around the country with resources that aren’t available in mid-Michigan, so new resources are always being sought.

The Green Health Emerald Award was given by Practice Greenhealth, an organization that focuses on sustainability for healthcare facilities.