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Consorta Receives Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award for Sixth Consecutive Year
Date:5/22/2009

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Consorta, a leading healthcare group purchasing and resource management organization, announced today that they have received the Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible healthcare. Consorta was presented the award at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards, held in conjunction with CleanMed 2009, the premier Global Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Health Care.

Consorta was recognized for its continuous support of the goals of Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is a landmark initiative to improve the environmental performance of the healthcare industry. This is the sixth consecutive year Consorta has been recognized for its ongoing successful efforts to help its member healthcare facilities reduce their collective impact on the environment and improve the health of the communities they serve.

"Consorta has long been the leader in environmentally preferable purchasing and receiving this award for the sixth consecutive year affirms the leadership role we has taken in greening healthcare," said Darrel Weatherford, president and CEO of Consorta. "We were the first healthcare GPO to introduce a searchable database of environmentally preferable products. Plus, we continue to work closely with suppliers to educate them on the need to eliminate potentially dangerous content from the manufacturing process, as well as work toward good waste minimization practices."

Laura Wenger, director of Clinical Integration for Consorta, who oversees the organization's environmental initiatives, added, "Consorta continues to work to find environmentally-friendly alternatives for our members through advocacy, education, contracting disclosures, and the development of environmentally preferable purchasing and chemical policies. We will continue to work closely with HealthTrust Purchasing Group to promote environmental purchasing in our combined portfolio for the future. In addition, Consorta is an active member of the Global Health and Safety Initiative collaborating with other GPOs and large IDNs on various national environmental initiatives," says Wenger.

"This award is a reflection of Consorta's commitment to their membership and the communities they serve to protect patient health and preserve the environment," said Bob Jarboe, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. "It is exciting to know that Consorta is leading this effort and setting an example for other institutions."

"Consorta is honored to receive this most prestigious award because it is reflective of our mission and our member's strong commitment to environmentally preferred purchasing," added Weatherford. "Organizationally, we believe it is our duty and responsibility to our members to hold suppliers accountable for the content of their products in order to ensure that the safety and quality of products and services meet the needs of patients, clinicians and communities that we serve."

About Consorta

Consorta, based in suburban Chicago, is a leading healthcare resource management and group purchasing organization (GPO) whose shareholders are faith-based or non-profit health systems. Consorta's 11 shareholder healthcare systems represent 50 percent of all Catholic hospitals in the United States, and are among the leading integrators of non-profit healthcare in America. Consorta's membership now encompasses more than 3,280 care sites, including more than 530 acute and over 250 extended care facilities throughout the country. Through its Advantage Program, Consorta provides contract purchasing power for some of the nation's leading non-profit organizations. As an equity owner in HealthTrust Purchasing Group, the nation's third largest GPO with over 1,300 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care hospitals as well as over 3,000 ambulatory surgery centers, alternate care sites and physician practices, Consorta provides increasing levels of supply chain value to our shareholders and members.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, healthcare systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of healthcare to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment. Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the healthcare sector. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views, and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.


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