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Hackensack University Medical Center, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, is truly an extraordinary place bringing together exceptional patient care and medical innovation. This powerful combination enables us to take medicine further than ever before, to push beyond traditional thinking and provide patients with amazing possibilities. Founded in 1888 with just 12 beds, HackensackUMC was Bergen County's first hospital. As we continue to grow and flourish, this nonprofit, teaching and research hospital has grown to become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. Not only have we added 763 more beds to our facilities, we’re now Bergen County’s hub of healthcare for the Northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan areas.
Contact Person: 
Kyle Tafuri
Senior Sustainability Advisor
Business Location: 
30 Prospect Avenue
07601 Hackensack , NJ
United States
40° 53' 2.5476" N, 74° 3' 26.7804" W
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Renewal Date: 
Monday, June 6, 2016
Management and Leadership
Adopt Environmental Policy Statement
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<p>Enhancing environmental practices and initiatives through a comprehensive sustainable program to ensure a safe, healthy environment for patients, team members and our community</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Identify Sustainability Leader
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Kyle Tafuri - Senior Sustainability Advisor at HackensackUMC Executive Champion: Jose Lozano, VP Corporate Services, Chief of Staff to President/CEO
Annual Environmental Goals
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Attached are the goals taken by leaders in the hospitality department. The overarching goal for the medical center is to improve upon each years sustainability metrics and continue to be a national leader in healthcare sustainability
Management & Leadership Other
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Attached is the slide that we presented to the Board of HackensackUMC in December of 2015
Waste Reduction
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Please review our waste section of the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award Application 2016
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Waste Reuse
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We have developed our own version of the Freecycle program and named it I-Recycle. Currently any unit in the hospital can post office supplies and furniture onto the intranet and anyone can request to pick it up from them. This program is monitored through our Purchasing Department Green Team.
Waste Recycling
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Our recycling rate for 2015 remained around 30% despite having to cut our Operating Room (OR) recycling program in half. Most plastics in our OR are not accepted by any of the waste haulers in the area due to lack of market and fear of contamination (we have met with 5 different vendors). We continue to recycle through TerraCycle and are working with Kimberly Clark to develop a diaper packaging program.
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Waste Other
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We provided a campus wide re-education of Nursing through Stericycle's team of pharmaceutical waste experts. They went to every unit of the hospital on each shift over a 5 day span to provide this education. We continue to push out a pharmaceutical waste e-learning that all clinical staff are required to take upon being hired by HackensackUMC and also to be taken each year thereafter. In-services are done in-house throughout the year to continue to raise awareness and photos are shown during Administrative safety rounds of any pharmaceutical waste disposal infractions.
Energy Efficiency
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Please review our energy section of the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award Application 2016
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Water Conservation
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Please review our water section of the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award Application 2016
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Green Building Techniques
Independent Green Buiilding
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Please review our green building section of the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award Application 2016
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For the 3rd year in a row we were named a Top 25 Green Hospital in the Country by Practice Greenhealth. We were also named Top 10 in the following 3 categories...Environmental Purchasing, Safer Chemicals and Engaged Leadership
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Monday, June 6, 2016