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Children’s National Medical Center First Medical Institution Awarded Washington, DC, Mayor’s Sustainability Award

July 26, 2013

Washington, DC – Yesterday evening, Children’s National Medical Center became the first medical institution in Washington, DC, to be presented the Mayor’s Sustainability Award for demonstrating outstanding achievements and leadership in sustainable practices.

Since 2009, the Mayor’s Sustainability Awards (previously the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards) have been awarded through a competitive selection process. This year’s nine winners represented a variety of efforts to improve the District’s residential life, the quality of our environment, and access to healthy and affordable food and housing.

“We take a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability,” stated Ekaterina A. Solovieva, Manager of Sustainability and Quality Improvement. “From waste reduction and recycling to our hydroplants and children’s garden, Children’s National seeks to match our sustainability programming with how we can best improve our patients’ quality of life, satisfaction, and outcomes.”

Children’s National incorporates environmental sustainability into daily operations in all of its 30 locations in Washington, DC, and around the beltway. By providing children with access to gardens and nature, Children’s believes it will help improve their healing process, and has a vision to build rooftop healing gardens in its facilities. Children’s National is undertaking a comprehensive approach to sustainability by focusing on environmentally preferred purchasing, energy and water conservation,  healthy eating, providing recycling at all facilities, and managing pharmaceuticals to keep chemicals out of landfills and waterways.

“At Children’s National we believe that serving as environmental and community stewards is part of our mission to provide a quality healthcare experience and improve outcomes for our patients and families,” said Roberta Alessi, Vice President of Operations. “As an advocate for all children, Children’s National is working to ensure a safe and healthy environment and future.” 

Contact: Emily Hartman or Paula Darte, 202-476-4500.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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