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Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Earns the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award for Fourth Year in a Row
Story Number is : 050117115
Hackensack University Medical Center

In recognition for groundbreaking achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Centerreceived the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

“I want to congratulate Deirdre Imus and our entire sustainability team at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® for their unwavering commitment to preserving the environment for generations to come,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Sustainability at Hackensack University Medical Center is a force to be reckoned with 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 team members, environment and surrounding community.”
Additionally, Hackensack University Medical Centerhas been selected as a Circles of Excellence Award winner in four categories.

The award honors hospitals for outstanding performance in one specific area, such as reducing use of toxic chemicals or sourcing food sustainably. These awards highlight hospitals that are pushing the envelope and driving innovation in sustainability performance in each sustainability category. There can be up to 10 designees selected for each Circle of Excellence category.

Hackensack University Medical Center was awarded for:

• Engaged Leadership (third year in a row)
• Safer Chemicals (third year in a row)
• Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (third year in a row)
• Sustainable/Healthier Foods (first year)

“Sustainability is an important part of our culture at Hackensack University Medical Center and I’ve been working with leaders throughout the system to spread these practices,” said Kyle Tafuri, director, Sustainability, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center. “These awards highlight the heightened awareness of our team members and overall promotion of good health through sustainability. It continues to be an important goal of our entire team.”
Hackensack University Medical Center, 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.

"I am so proud of our hospital and our center for earning this prestigious and well-deserved distinction for the fourth year in a row," said Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center. "Sustainability is key to ensuring the health of our patients and our planet, and we are constantly looking for new ways to innovate and build on our previous accomplishments."

The award will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 18th in Minneapolis, MN at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

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