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The Kaiser Permanente Medical Center building in Vallejo, Thursday. Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo and Vacaville have won an award for environmental practices. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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Kaiser wins green award

By From page A10 | July 21, 2014

VACAVILLE — Kaiser Permanente’s local hospitals in Vacaville and Vallejo have gained recognition for being green.

Practice Greenhealth is a nonprofit organization that works with the health care sector on environmental issues. It recently handed out its 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards.

“Practice Greenhealth Award winners demonstrate that the health of their patients, staff and community is central to the core of their mission,” said Gary Cohen, president of Practice Greenhealth, in a press release. “These award winners have a vision that all health care organizations should strive for in the future.”

Kaiser Permanente’s two local hospitals won under the “partners for change” category. To win this honor, a health care facility must recycle 15 percent of its waste and have a mercury elimination program.

“The health and well-being of our members and visitors is a top priority,” said Corwin Harper, Kaiser Permanente area manager for Napa-Solano, in a press release. “That includes not only providing excellent health care but also seeing that we are modeling positive environmental changes.”

In all, Practice Greenhealth handed out more than 400 awards in various categories.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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