Virginia Mason earns Marine Stewardship Council certification

The hospital is the first in the country to earn the distinction, which honors locations for serving seafood grown and harvested by certified, environmentally sustainable methods.

SEATTLE—Virginia Mason announced today it is the first hospital in the United States to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its commitment to serving seafood grown and harvested by certified, environmentally sustainable methods.

"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, MSC region commercial director, Americas. "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, director of Sustainability at Virginia Mason.

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