The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recognized Ascension Via Christi with an Environmental Stewardship with Distinction Award.
The Environmental Stewardship awards are given annually to businesses, industries, and organizations that have made a significant improvement in protecting our environment by preventing pollution. This year, Ascension Via Christi was the only organization to be recognized for going above and beyond and meeting additional criteria.
KDHE’s noncompetitive annual award program recognizes projects that eliminate or reduce thegeneration of pollutants or wastes at the source or projects that conserve natural resources.
Ascension Via Christi was recognized for its testing and replacement, as needed, of the steam traps used at its St. Francis and St. Joseph hospital campuses. Steam traps are devices that return condensate to the boiler to improve the quality of steam used for heating, sterilization, humidification, autoclaves and other applications.
"In addition to be environmentally friendly, the net savings from the project helps support Ascension's mission of service to the poor and underserved," says Carolyn Koehn, Medxcel regional director for Emergency Management, Environment of Care, and Safety, who accepted the award at the recent annual Kansas Environmental Conference on behalf of the Ascension Via Christi’s team. "It's a win for everyone."