The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) 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 the 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 the generation 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 steam traps used at its Ascension Via Christi St. Francis and Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph hospital campuses. Steam traps return condensate to a boiler to improve the quality of steam used for heating, sterilization, humidification, autoclaves and other applications.

“In addition to being environmentally friendly, the net savings from the project help support Ascension’s Mission of service to the poor and underserved,” said Carolyn Koehn, Medxcel Regional Director for Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety (pictured), 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.”