First US hospital MSC certified

Virginia Mason in Seattle announced it is the first hospital in the United States to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

“MSC is pleased to be part of Virginia Mason’s commitment to implementing green business practices to support a healthy environment and community,” said Geoff Bolan, regional commercial director. “We hope today’s announcement will serve as an inspiration for other medical centers nationwide to follow Virginia Mason’s bold environmental initiatives in the health care industry.”

MSC-certified seafood is regularly served in the hospital’s cafeteria and it is an in-room menu option for hospitalized patients every day.

“Our food and nutrition team members are passionate about protecting ocean resources and reassuring our customers – who are patients, families and staff – that the seafood they are eating is of the highest quality and harvested sustainably,” said Brenna Davis, Virginia Mason director of sustainability.

Virginia Mason is designated as one of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. Its award-winning EnviroMason initiative empowers team members to reduce their environmental impacts in every aspect of their daily work. The MSC Chain of Custody certification awarded Virginia Mason ensures full traceability through the supply chain.


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