Charleston VAMC named as Top 25 for environmental excellence

CHARLESTON, SC – The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has been named as one of the Top 25 hospitals in the country for its commitment to pursing environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth—an organization that focuses on environmental solutions for the health care sector. This recognition honors Charleston VAMC as the best of the best in health care environmental stewardship and it is the highest honor from Practice Greenhealth.

“Earning this top recognition and these awards demonstrate our medical center’s outstanding work to provide the best quality health care services to our Veterans in an environment that is leading the way for a safe and sustainable future,” said Dr. Jaconda Lightburn, Charleston VAMC Acting Assistant Director.

Awards are based on strict scoring criteria across a range of sustainability programs including leadership, waste, chemicals, greening the operating room, food, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy, water, climate and green building. Along with the Top 25 recognition, Charleston VAMC was awarded the following 2019 Practice Greenhealth Awards:
 Circle of Excellence Award: Energy
 Circle of Excellence Award: Water
 Making Medicine Mercury Free Award
 Greening the OR Recognition Award


These awards demonstrate Charleston VAMC’s outstanding performance and metrics in sustainability


Located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest-level quality complex care from cardiology to neurology to primary and mental health care for 76,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. Known for delivering high quality, safe care, our VA has sustained a high level of performance on VA's SAIL rating system for the past several years, and is currently ranked as the most efficient 1A facility in VA. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a regional referral center for robotic surgery,
orthopedics and other specialties, and is the first VA National Tele-Mental Health Hub providing care for Veterans across the U.S. The 152-bed Level 1A hospital includes six community-based outpatient clinics, a 20-bed nursing home, women’s health, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient care, including medical and surgical intensive care. The VAMC provides more than 934,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,500 in-patient stays annually. With more than 2,700 employees, Charleston VA has an annual budget of $555 million, research funding of more than $28.8 million, and more than 95 principle
investigators participating in approximately 280 research studies. For more information, visit