Markham Stouffville Hospital: A Leader in Green

June 19, 2014

​Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) goes beyond hospital walls to promote a culture of wellness and environmental sustainability. MSH's sustainability philosophy rests in the belief that exemplary corporate green leadership requires awareness and action.

The hospital was identified as an outstanding environmental performer in 2013, and was one of the Green Hospital of the Year finalists, having earned a Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) Silver Seal – the highest recognition level awarded last year.

A number of MSH's significant initiatives include:

  • Earth Day 2014 marked the launch of MSH's annual celebration of all things green with its first Greening and Sustainability Expo. Several like-minded industry leaders, educators and community partners, including the City of Markham, showcased innovative solutions to environmental challenges unique to healthcare to hundreds of MSH employees who attended the event. They had a chance to see the ways in which they were contributing towards the MSH's mandate of sustainability.
  • While undertaking the expansion project and extensive renovation of the existing facility, MSH aligned itself with the City of Markham for the newly built 129,000 sq. ft. Cornell Community Centre which adjoins to the hospital to encourage wellness for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors alike. This newly designed, renovated, and environmentally friendly hospital was developed with state-of-the-art technology such as Honeywell's Attune system, a leader in building automation which monitors alarm set points and sends alerts when  parameters are exceeded or when a motor is left for a prolonged period in a manual state. Other cutting edge features include the 100% recyclable Mondo Harmoni rubber flooring technology which has excellent acoustic value and noise reduction qualities, anti-fatigue properties which increases comfort for nurses and surgeons, is inherently slip resistant in wet or dry conditions, and is entirely free of PVC, chlorine, plasticizers and heavy metals. The new 710,000 sq.ft. MSH also promises to enhance the patient experience while saving gas, water and electricity.
  • Forward-looking initiatives include the environmentally friendly design of the LEED Silver certified new building and an in-house carpooling program for MSH employees which is overseen and managed by the Hospital's Facilities and Support Services department.

The MSH Greening Committee, an interdisciplinary team (pictured) is in charge of taking action on green and conservation initiatives that are actively promoted by the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors

About the GHS and Green Health Care Awards

Hospitals are eligible for consideration in the annual Green Health Care Awards including Green Hospital of the Year presented at the annual HealthAchieve conference based on their environmental data submitted through GHS. To participate in this year's GHS program please submit your hospital's data by July 18, 2014. The program benchmarks environmental measures in Energy, Water, Waste, Pollution Prevention, and Corporate Leadership. For more information or inquiries regarding the GHS program please email: green@oha.com, visit GHS website or FAQs page.

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