ASHBURN, Va. – Proving that a large medical group can “go green,” Northern Virginia’s Nova Medical, which includes Nova Medical Group, Nova Urgent Care and The Medical Spa at Nova, has been awarded the Environmental Excellence Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth for their environmental efforts.

The award was presented at the 2008 Environmental Excellence Award ceremonies in Pittsburgh, Pa., on May 20, held in conjunction with CleanMed 2008, the global conference for environmental leaders in healthcare. The Environmental Excellence Awards honor health systems, healthcare organizations and hospitals that have made a commitment to healthcare and the environment; the Partner Recognition Award is given to companies that have taken the first steps toward improving environmental performance. 

“The Environmental Excellence awards are tangible proof that eco-healthcare is good for the planet and good for patients and staff,” said Bob Jarboe, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth. “We believe that good work deserves to be recognized every step of the way. Nova Medical has been singled out for their efforts to protect patient health and preserve the environment,” he added.

Nova Medical’s “Green Team” implemented – and effectively met – a series of goals over the last year, including the implementation of an educational awareness program on red bag waste. Through an employee education-and-reward program, Nova was able to reduce red bag waste by 33 percent, surpassing the set goal of 20 percent.

The “Green Team” purchased reusable water bottles for all employees, who had previously been using over 200 Styrofoam cups a day, implemented a recycling program, reduced the amount of fuel used to transport waste, and ensured the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products. 

In addition, Nova Medical, which includes facilities in Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, and Warrenton, utilized the employee intranet and email to communicate environmental awareness to employees. By doing so, paper waste and staff driving between sites was reduced.

“It is our duty as a growing business to take the first step in eco-healthcare, and hopefully we can influence our staff, patients and our communities to be more environmentally responsible in their own lives,” said Dr. Grace Keenan, founder and Medical Director of Nova Medical. “The greening initiatives put into place at Nova Medical are proof that each company and individual can make a difference, even in the little day-to-day changes.”

Dr. Keenan said Nova Medical will continue to implement environmental initiatives through ongoing activities and future plans.

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About Nova Medical

Nova Medical, which includes Nova Medical Group, Nova Urgent Care and The Medical Spa at Nova, is the largest primary care practice in Loudoun County, Va. and has four locations – Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, and Warrenton. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Grace Keenan, Nova Medical integrates Western methods of diagnosis and treatment with holistic and natural approaches. Combining the skills of board certified internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, dermatologists, family nurse practitioners with complementary medicine providers, including naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, biofeedback specialists, massage therapists and registered dieticians, Nova Medical is able to optimize patient health in a cost-effective manner within one fully-integrative practice. For more information, please visit

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the result of the merger of two leading organizations – Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) and the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) – with a new clean energy and energy efficiency program – Healthcare Clean Energy Exchange (HCEE). For more information on Practice Greenhealth, please visit