Hackensack, NJ (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
Author and health advocate Deirdre Imus is pleased to announce that The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center collaborated with Hackensack University Medical Center to earn Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor: the 2014 Environmental Excellence Award. The recognition names HackensackUMC as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country.
“I want to congratulate Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network for his extraordinary vision and support of our innovative environmental initiatives said Deirdre Imus, president and founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center. It’s been over a decade since we started the Center at HackensackUMC, and in that time, the hospital, has continued to be at the forefront of healthcare sustainability. This distinguished award highlights the commitment of our leadership and Green Team champions. I look forward to continuing to raise the bar on our shared commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.”
The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards recognize healthcare facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in healthcare. Programs were rated according to a rigorous scoring system. Sustainability program evaluations ranged from leadership, waste, chemicals, greening the operating room, food and environmentally preferable purchasing; to energy, water, climate and green building.
In addition, HackensackUMC achieved the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award, recognizing facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury and have demonstrated a commitment to being mercury-free. Award criteria included mercury-free management and purchasing policies and staff education.
ABOUT THE DEIRDRE IMUS ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CENTER ®:
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. http://www.dienviro.org