First Marine Stewardship Council Certification in Health Care

Brenna Davis
January 15, 2015
CSR Wire
Hospital food doesn’t have the best reputation for freshness, taste and sustainability. Virginia Mason is changing all of that. We announced recently that we are the first hospital in the United States to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for our commitment to serving seafood grown and harvested by certified, environmentally sustainable methods.
In addition to MSC seafood, we also serve locally grown organic produce, local grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free chicken, cage-free eggs and rBGH-free dairy products. We bring fresh produce to our neighborhood by offering a farmers market on campus in partnership with Seattle’s Pike Place Market. 
Our journey to MSC certification started with one of our team members. Our food buyer, Stacey Reyes, suggested that we pursue the certification. She was convinced that serving MSC certified seafood would be an excellent complement our other sustainable food options.
Obtaining MSC certification was not easy. It required a focused effort. We needed to find a supplier, stay on budget with food cost, set up a tracking system and pass a rigorous audit.