HackensackUMC Honored For a Second Year as a National Environmental Leader

December 15, 2015 10:19 AM
HackensackUMC has received the HealthTrust 2015 Member Recognition Award for Social Stewardship.

HackensackUMC is pleased to announce that it has received the HealthTrust 2015 Member Recognition Award for Social Stewardship. The medical center was honored for a second consecutive year for demonstrating a commitment to conservation and preservation of the healthcare environment.

“I am proud of our HackensackUMC Green Team along with the team at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “This second consecutive award is a clear reflection of their continued environmental commitment to our patients, staff and community.”

The award was presented during a ceremony in Nashville. In the year since the last award in recognition of environmentally friendly programs related to recycling, waste management and reduction, the Green Team has also focused on preventive health. The 185-member team promotes and develops environmental programs, some of which occur organically.

For example, a team member in the operating room noticed many sterilized towels going unused and suggested switching from 10-packs to five-packs. That simple change lightened the load at the landfill and resulted in more than $100,000 in savings for the year.

“On the national level, the approach is shifting from reactive to proactive,” said Kyle Tarfuri, senior sustainability advisor at HackensackUMC. “The healthcare industry’s impact on the environment is staggering and we take our leadership role in this regard very seriously.”

HackensackUMC is a member hospital of HealthTrust, a group purchasing affiliation, headquartered in Brentwood, TN. HealthTrust works to strengthen provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions. 

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 wider community.

Photo: Pictured left to right:Doug Swanson, senior vice president, Marketing & Member Services, HealthTrust; Janet O’Dea, senior buyer, HackensackUMC; Kyle Tafuri, senior sustainability advisor, HackensackUMC; Geffry LaFortune, senior buyer, HackensackUMC; Rich Killeen,  director of Purchasing, HackensackUMC; Barbara Carlston, vice president, Member Services, HealthTrust; Ed Jones, President/Chief Executive Officer, HealthTrust. Not pictured, but included in the event: Joshua Binn, perioperative materials and support services manager, HackensackUMC.

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 10,000 team members and 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 the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 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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