StoneSprings Hospital Center announced today that it has earned a Practice Environmental Excellence Award - the most prestigious environmental achievement for health care. Practice Greenhealth recognized StoneSprings Hospital along with 421 health care organizations across 10 areas of sustainability. Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care.

StoneSprings Hospital Center specifically received the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award. This award recognizes hospitals that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities, and have made a commitment to continue to be "mercury free."

"We are very pleased that our hospital earned this award," said Matt Mathias, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center. "Our team takes pride in contributing to the improvement of our environment and its sustainability," he said.

The Environmental Excellence Awards are the nation's premier recognition program for environmental performance in the health care sector. Launched in 2002, the awards program recognizes health care facilities and health systems for their commitment to environmental stewardship and their sustainability achievements.