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HackensackUMC Earns the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award Three Years in a Row

June 15, 2016 04:47 PM
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Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been honored for the third consecutive year with the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award.

The most prestigious environmental achievement award offered by Practice Greenhealth, the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award recognizes health care facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in the New Jersey/New York area to win this award three years in a row.

 “I want to congratulate Deirdre Imus and our entire sustainability team at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® for their hard work and dedication,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “Our sustainability program grows stronger each year as a result of a truly collaborative effort. We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to the health and safety of our patients and staff, environment and wider community.”

HackensackUMC was recognized as a Top 25 honoree for continued commitment to sustainability in health care practices as well as a Top 10 honoree for its approach to leadership, safer chemicals and environmental purchasing.

“Environmental awareness is an important part of our culture at HackensackUMC,” said Kyle Tafuri, senior sustainability advisor, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Heath Center, HackensackUMC, who accepted the award on behalf of the medical center, along with his colleagues, Jose Lozano, chief of staff, vice president for Corporate Services and Governance, Hackensack University Health Network; Ken Haber, director of Environmental Health and Safety, HackensackUMC; and Caricel Lebron, supervisor, Environmental Services, HackensackUMC. “People are starting to understand the connection between sustainability and overall good health. That education continues to be an important goal.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Dallas, TX, on May 19 at the CleanMed Conference and Exhibition. Practice Greenhealth is a leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

“Congratulations to HackensackUMC for earning Practice Greenhealth’s highest achievement for the third year in a row,” said Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at HackensackUMC. “This accomplishment shows we’ve truly gained momentum and are leading the way towards better health for our patients and the planet, which has been the goal of our center since its inception.”  

HackensackUMC, in collaboration with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, is committed to identifying, controlling, and ultimately preventing the toxic exposures in the environment that threaten the health and well-being of children, their families and the community.

Pictured (left to right): Ken Haber, director of Environmental Health and Safety, HackensackUMC; Kyle Tafuri,senior sustainability advisor, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, HackensackUMC; and Jose Lozano, chief of staff, vice president for Corporate Services and Governance, Hackensack University Health Network; joined by Caricel Lebron, supervisor, Environmental Services, HackensackUMC (not pictured); accepted the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award - the third consecutive time the medical center has achieved this recognition, at the CleanMed Conference in Dallas, TX, on May 19.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 12,400 team members and nearly 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.

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