Valley Children’s Hospital First in California to be Certified as Sustainable Healthcare Organization

Valley Children’s Hospital First in California to be Certified as Sustainable Healthcare Organization

Valley Children’s Hospital has become the first hospital in California, and only the second children’s hospital in the nation, to be awarded the prestigious Sustainable Healthcare Certification by The Joint Commission, an independent non-profit accreditation organization. This landmark achievement recognizes Valley Children’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, combating climate change and actively pursuing crucial conservation and preservation initiatives.

“Our mission goes beyond providing exceptional healthcare for the children of our community to nurturing a healthier, more sustainable future for those children, their families and everyone in the communities we serve,” said Todd Suntrapak, Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO. “The Sustainable Healthcare Certification is more than an accolade. It is evidence of our unwavering commitment to doing what’s right. Every step we take towards sustainability is a step towards ensuring the wellbeing of those we are privileged to serve. This is our responsibility, and at the end of the day, it’s the heart of our work.”

Later this year, Valley Children’s will break ground on its renewable energy microgrid. When online and operational in 2025, the renewable energy microgrid will reduce reliance on the traditional power grid, ensuring Valley Children’s Hospital and buildings on its campus remain operational in the event of power outages in the region. It will also cut carbon emissions by more than 50%. At the project’s completion, Valley Children’s will operate the largest renewable energy microgrid in the country that is connected to a hospital emergency system.

“Valley Children’s is showing that it’s possible to deliver the best care while also prioritizing the health of our environment, which is linked to the health of our children,” Suntrapak said. “We hope our efforts will inspire sustainability initiatives within the healthcare community and across other industries in the future.”

Valley Children’s, one of the first hospitals to sign the White House-HHS Health Sector Climate Pledge, has also committed to achieving net zero emissions by the year 2050, meaning the entire campus will produce no carbon emissions, eliminating its carbon footprint and any negative impact on air quality.

Learn more about The Joint Commission’s Sustainable Healthcare Certification here

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