August 3, 2021
A focus on more sustainable operations supports healthier patients, staff, and communities
In recognition for its achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center received the 2021 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
“The leadership team and I are firm believers in sustainability practices to reduce all types of waste and improve the health of our community,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, president and chief hospital executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “I’m proud of our teams’ efforts to protect the environment for future generations.”
The Environmental Excellence Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.
“In a shifting health care landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community,” said Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth founder. “Jersey Shore University Medical Center demonstrates the kind of leadership, innovation, and performance that can drive the entire health sector toward more environmentally responsible practices.”
As part of Hackensack Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center is reducing its environmental footprint in several ways and leading the way in sustainability, including the following:
Standardized use of third-party certified green cleaning products
Rolled out participation in the cool food pledge which focuses on meat reduction while also implementing sustainable meat
Successfully enrolled in all available utility and state programs for energy efficiency funding
The academic medical center is recognized for its leadership in serving fewer meat options in the cafeteria. The award is one of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards given annually to honor health care’s achievements in sustainability.
About Practice Greenhealth
Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems. Learn more at practicegreenhealth.org.