2017 Award Recipients

2017 Environmental Health Hero Award Recipient

Dong-Chun Shin, MD, PhD

Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Institute for Environmental Research at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea

Dr. Shin is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Institute for Environmental Research at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. He is President of the Korean Society for Green Hospitals and Chair of the Korea Chapter of the Society for Risk Anaysis (SRA). Dr. Shin is also the Chair of the Policy Studies Division, Korea National Academy of Science and Technology and a Member of the Environmental Health Committee in the Ministry of Environment in Korea. He is a Council Member of the World Medical Association and Chair of the Associations’ Environmental Caucus

Dr. Shin’s research in exposure and risk assessment relating to Persistent Organic Pollutants including dioxins, has resulted in more than 160 peer-reviewed, scholarly articles. His activities with respect to setting environmental policies for the Republic of Korea; his work protecting the public’s health, in particular his role in the creation of the Korea National Environmental Health Action Plan 2006-2015; his outstanding service as Chair of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network; and his seminal advocacy of sustainability in health care and mitigation of climate change are especially noteworthy achievements in a distinguished career protecting public health and promoting crucial environmental health goals.

Dr. Shin’s advocacy for environmental health has had global sway through his work with the World Medical Association, and specifically as a leader in Asia of this much needed scientific movement. In 2016, Dr. Shin published an important book, Hazardous Air Pollutants: Case Studies from Asia, which highlighted the dramatic and growing problem of air pollution across Asia – the first of its kind emphasizing the specific problems facing each country. In recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of global public health, Dr. Shin has been awarded the Presidential Citation for Environmental Achievement and the Order of National Service Merit, both by Korea.

2017 Charlotte Brody/Nurse Luminary Award Recipient

Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC

Nurse Scientist, Providence St. Joseph Health and Assistant Research Professor of Nursing, Washington State University, Spokane, Washington

Beth Schenk earned bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Montana, Nursing from Montana State University, a Master’s in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University, and a PhD in Nursing from Washington State University.

She serves as Nurse Scientist for Providence St. Joseph Health, where she co-leads Nursing Research across the 50-hospital system. In addition, she is assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington. In allegiance to her environmental health passion, she serves as Sustainability Coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, and helps a team of leaders develop and support environmental stewardship efforts across Providence St. Joseph Health.

Dr. Schenk’s first recycling effort at St. Patrick was in 1992. Since then she has led multiple efforts to measure and decrease environmental impacts and their health effects. In her academic work, she developed the “Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool” which measures nurses’ awareness of the environmental impacts of health care, their relatedness to health, and what the nurses do about it at work and home. The tool has been used in multiple states across the nation, has been requested for use in 9 other countries, and requested for translation in three non-English languages. Dr. Schenk has multiple publications and presentations on related topics. In addition, she serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthier Environments, and several local boards building a healthier community in Missoula.

2017 Stephanie Davis Award Recipients

Stacy Kreger

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Stacy Kreger grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Providence College, Rhode Island, majoring in Biology and Chemistry while playing Division I Ice Hockey. Upon graduation Stacy joined the U.S. Peace Corps and taught chemistry and mathematics to high school students in Ghana, West Africa for 3 years. It was in Ghana that Stacy learned to embrace conservation and eco-friendliness. Back in the U.S., she returned to school to obtain her Nursing Degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has been a bedside nurse for 11 years in an urban emergency department in Baltimore, where she currently resides. Scaling back to part time service as a nurse, she obtained a Masters in Public Health (also from Johns Hopkins University), concentrating in Health Leadership and Management with a certificate in Health Communication. In her current full time role as a Resource Specialty Nurse, Stacy has made use of her public health training and currently participates in 8 hospital committees in addition to clinical duties. Stacy’s first (and favorite) committee assignment is on the hospital-wide Green Team, the mission of which is to make the hospital more eco-friendly and sustainable. She has been chair of this committee for 18 months. For Stacy, being ‘green’ is not just a hobby, but a way of life and a deep passion.

Diana Williams

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Ashland, Kentucky

Diana grew up in Flatwoods, Kentucky, graduating from Russell High School. She received her basic nursing education at King’s Daughter’s Hospital School of Nursing, a diploma program, graduating in 1975. She received her BSN from Marshall University in 1994 and completed her Master’s in Nursing, Clinical Specialty in Public Health in December, 2005. She completed her basic parish nurse preparation course at Marquette University in 1999. She is a graduate of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute’s Class of 2010. She is also a contributor to the American Nurses’ Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice, Faith Community Nursing, 2nd edition, January 2012.

Diana began her career at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (now Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Inc.) in 1986, working in the Home Health Agency for 11 years. OLBH introduced the concept of health ministry to our service area in 1996 and Diana accepted the challenge of developing this ministry that partners with local faith communities to provide resources that emphasize the relationship between physical and spiritual health. Through the years, that program has evolved into most of OLBH’s community ministries including Senior Services/Meals on Wheels and the OLBH Van Ministry. She oversees all of our community health fairs and screenings as well as our community CPR classes and our Safe Sitter program.

Diana has led the green team at OLBH since its inception in 2009. Under her leadership the team has implemented a variety of recycling initiatives including aluminum and plastic, batteries, blue wrap, furniture, florescent bulbs, Christmas lights, toner and ink cartridges, electronics, and a clothing closet. Our % of total waste recycled has nearly doubled since 2010. The OLBH Green Team has also successfully renovated a campus walking trail, implemented a rain barrel project, and led numerous campus clean-ups. Diana has led the Practice Greenhealth award process at OLBH since 2010 earning the Partner for Change award each year, the Making Medicine Mercury Free award in 2015 and the Greening the OR Recognition and Emerald awards in 2016.

Julie Cornwell

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida

Julie Cornwell BSN, RN started her career as a surgical technician in 1998, receiving her initial training from the United States Air Force.   In 2008, she became a Registered Nurse, and has continued working in various operating rooms around the country.  She has worked in California and Texas, and now works at St Joseph’s Hospital, a Level 2 trauma hospital in Tampa, Florida. She is an active member of the hospital’s Green Team, assisting with guest speaker events, and organizing Earth Day activities, including providing educational material for posters and billboards. Additionally, she is working with operating room management staff to establish a safe and effective intraoperative recycling program.  Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Global Sustainability, at the University of South Florida, with a certificate in Building Sustainable Enterprise.  From May until August of 2017, Julie will be working as an intern with Florida Hospital Association’s Sustainability Collaborative in Orlando, Florida. She is dedicated to making sustainable business practices a reality for healthcare.

Sneha Singh

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Sneha Singh has extensive experience in guiding corporations, universities, and non-profits toward implementation of sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs. She has substantial leadership expertise and background knowledge of collaborative programs gained through work in non-profit, academia, and corporate environments. She has demonstrated her passion for sustainability by developing a non-financial report for HCMC using Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines and created a baseline. This first sustainability report of HCMC helped units to drive positive change and enhanced organizational performance that has resulted in annual savings of $1.6 million in 2015-2016 with potential for more reduction in waste and growth in savings. She hopes to introduce Greening the OR and Greening the Supply Chain at HCMC and help HCMC apply for Practice Greenhealth awards in 2018. Sneha is hopeful that by attending CleanMed 2017 she will learn and polish her skills and continue to make a difference in our community.