HackensackUMC is the Only Hospital in NJ Named as One of the 50 Greenest Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review

November 14, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce that it is the only hospital in New Jersey to be named to the “50 of the greenest hospitals in America” list, by Becker’s Hospital Review. This marks the second consecutive year that the medical center has been recognized for its work in creating a sustainable, environmentally-friendly campus.

To compile its nationwide list, Becker’s Hospital Review considers nominations and conducts editorial research, looking at awards won from Practice Greenhealth, the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Environmental Protection Agency. HackensackUMC was the only hospital in the New Jersey/New York area to win the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award three years in a row.

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the greenest hospitals in the country,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “HackensackUMC has led the way in sustainable hospital initiatives, recognizing that we have an obligation to our patients, visitors, team members – as well as the greater community – to provide a campus that is mindful of our environmental responsibility. I congratulate our entire team and The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center for their work in earning us this recognition two years in a row.”

According to Becker’s Hospital Review:

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. HackensackUMC boasts The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, one of the first hospital-based programs with a specific mission to identify, control and prevent toxic exposure in the environment that could threaten children’s health. Last year, HackensackUMC cemented itself as a leader in healthcare sustainability when it became the first hospital to join the American Sustainable Business Council, an organization that works on policy changes to move the economy to be more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. In 2016, for the third consecutive year, HackensackUMC received the Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award.

“Health care should do more than treat diseases – it should help maintain and promote wellness, and respect the environment we all share through sustainable practices,” said Deirdre Imus, founder and president of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®. “Our partnership with HackensackUMC has allowed us to implement and expand so many important programs on campus, such as cooking with antibiotic-free meat; switching to furniture treated without toxic flame-retardant chemicals; establishing the Greening The Cleaning® program; and creating an inviting home for honeybees. Above all we pride ourselves on remaining ahead of the curve in hospital initiatives that everybody can feel good about.”

Earlier this year, HackensackUMC announced that 85 percent of total meat served is now antibiotic-free, with the goal of being at 100 percent. More than 400 U.S. hospitals are working toward the goal of 20 percent, demonstrating HackensackUMC’s strong accomplishment in this area. The medical center also partnered with its utility company, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) for a Hospital Efficiency Program that has included the installation of three 1,500 T energy-efficient chillers, lighting upgrades including thousands of occupancy sensors, LED lighting in the parking garages, and plant upgrades that increase efficiency throughout the expansive campus. Through various initiatives at HackensackUMC, the team has been able to decrease regulated medical waste by more than 60 percent from 2012 through 2015, and now offers a campus-wide Sustainability Certificate program, encouraging team members from all departments to get involved. It is the only hospital in the New Jersey/New York area to receive the Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award three consecutive years.

For more information, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.

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 a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s2016-17 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 25 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.

About The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center represents one of the first hospital-based programs whose specific mission is to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children’s health. HackensackUMC began its journey towards environmental health and sustainability more than a decade ago with the help of Deirdre Imus, beginning with the Greening The Cleaning® program in 2001, which promotes the use of  safer cleaning products and in 2005 with the design and construction of one of the first green hospitals in the country, the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was named one of America’s Top Green Hospitals by National Geographic’s The Green Guide.   Through the efforts of the Environmental Health Center, HackensackUMC earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor as a 2016 Environmental Excellence Award winner, earning recognition for a third year in a row, as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country. www.imusenvironmentalhealth.org