Overton Brooks VA receives national award for sustainability, waste reduction

In recognition for achievements in sustainability and waste reduction, Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) received a Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The award is given to health care facilities that are changing their practices to become more sustainable and have achieved progress in areas such as waste reduction, renewable energy adoption, food purchasing and mercury elimination. They also must have a recycling rate of at least 10 percent for their entire waste stream.

“I am proud of Overton Brook’s initiatives to provide quality health care with an environmental focus,” said Richard Crockett, Medical Center Director. “As health care providers, sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community. We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to make our practices even more sustainable.”

OBVAMC serves over 37,000 Veterans per year. The hospital is accredited for 111 inpatient beds and provides over 462,000 outpatient visits per year. The medical center has an active accredited research program and is one of the regional sites for VISN 16 Hematology/Oncology Center. The medical center manages three (3) CBOCs in Monroe, Louisiana; Longview, Texas; and Texarkana, Arkansas