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Environmental stewardship

As stewards of the environment, we take a proactive approach to make communities healthier and protect the environment by implementing greening hospital practices, promoting conservation, decreasing waste and exercising environmentally conscious purchasing.

  • Increased water-saving measures through energy efficiencies and building standards
  • Increased recycled content in building materials and used wood products from sustainable forest management providers
  • First two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 for Healthcare certified projects in the U.S. achieved by HCA Healthcare in 2020

Across the enterprise, colleagues can take pride in the 60 national Practice Greenhealth (PGH) awards presented to 59 facilities for sustainability efforts in three national categories: Partner for Change, Partner Recognition and Making Medicine Mercury-Free.

We contributed to our communities through our resiliency approaches to COVID-19. We helped source critical personal protective equipment (PPE), N95 masks, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reprocessable devices to continue circulation, reduce waste and save materials.


pounds of cardboard, paper, aluminum, wood and batteries recycled


pounds of construction waste recycled


pounds of devices diverted from landfills


kWh reduction in energy usage in 2020 compared to 2019

Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare colleagues volunteer their time by planting trees in the community

Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare colleagues Brittany White; Brandi White, RN, and Logan Cornwell, RN, volunteered their time by planting trees in the community.

Roland Fornoff

“Our commitment to sustainability goes hand in hand with our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our patients and co-workers. Through a cross-departmental effort, we were able to virtually eliminate mercury-containing devices from our campus. This award is testament to our team’s dedication to improving the environment of care.”

Roland Fornoff

Facility Manager and Safety Officer
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center