Stephanie Davis Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Award and Scholarship
The Stephanie C. Davis Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Award and Scholarship provides an enduring tribute to a tireless champion of the movement to green health care by reducing waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals and materials in health care products and processes.
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
After college, Stacy Kreger joined the U.S. Peace Corps and taught chemistry and mathematics to high school students in Ghana for three years. It was in Ghana that Kreger learned to embrace conservation and eco-friendliness. She earned her nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University and was a bedside nurse for 11 years in an urban emergency department in Baltimore. Kreger also holds a master’s in Public Health, concentrating in Health Leadership and Management with a certificate in Health Communication. In her current role as a resource specialty nurse, Kreger serves on eight hospital committees in addition to clinical duties. Kreger’s first and favorite committee assignment is on the hospital-wide green team, and she has chaired this committee for 18 months. For Kreger, being green is a way of life and a deep passion.
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Bon Secours Kentucky Health System
Diana Williams began her career at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) in 1986. Williams has led the green team at OLBH since its inception in 2009. Under her guidance, the team has implemented a variety of recycling initiatives, including aluminum and plastic, batteries, blue wrap and much more. The total waste recycled has nearly doubled since 2010. The OLBH green team has also successfully renovated a campus walking trail, implemented a rain barrel project and led numerous campus clean-ups. Williams has led the Practice Greenhealth award process at OLBH since 2010, earning the Partner for Change award each year, the Making Medicine Mercury Free award in 2015, and the Greening the OR Recognition and Emerald awards in 2016.
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Julie Cornwell started her career as a surgical technician in 1998, receiving her initial training from the United States Air Force. She became a registered nurse in 2008 and has continued working in various operating rooms around the country. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, a Level 2 trauma hospital in Tampa, she is an active member of the hospital’s green team, assisting with guest speaker events and organizing Earth Day activities. Additionally, she is working with operating room management staff to establish a safe and effective intraoperative recycling program. Cornwell is pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Sustainability with a certificate in building sustainable enterprise, and she will work as an intern with Florida Hospital Association’s Sustainability Collaborative in Orlando, Florida., through August 2017. She is dedicated to making sustainable business practices a reality for health care.
Hennepin County Medical Center
Sneha Singh has extensive experience in guiding corporations, universities and nonprofits toward implementation of sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs. Singh has demonstrated her passion for sustainability by developing a non-financial report for Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) using Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines and creating a baseline. This first sustainability report of HCMC helped units drive positive change and enhanced organizational performance, resulting in annual savings of $1.6 million in 2015–2016, with potential for more reduction in waste and growth in savings. She plans to introduce Greening the OR and Greening the Supply Chain at HCMC and help HCMC apply for Practice Greenhealth awards in 2018. Singh is hopeful that by attending CleanMed 2017 she will learn and polish her skills and continue to make a difference in our community.