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Stony Brook University Hospital Receives National Award for Excellence and Innovation in Sustainability

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Left to Right, Back Row: Kathryn Terwilliger, James Prudenti, Clifford Roggemann, Michael DeMasi, Steven Weisman, Kenneth Rosenfeld, M.D., Melissa Murphy, Martin Kroll.
Left to Right, Front Row: Michele Gilleeny-Blabac, Josephine Connolly-Schoonen, Francina Singh, Mary Bennett, Carol Gomes, Jill Kavoukian, Allyson Silver.

In recognition for leading the healthcare industry in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Stony Brook University Hospital received the Greenhealth Emerald 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 healthcare sector.

The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes healthcare facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling waste, sustainable sourcing, and other areas. Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the healthcare sector.

“As a health care provider, sustainability and environmental responsibility is key to the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Carol Gomes, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Stony Brook University Hospital. “We hold ourselves accountable to our community, to our organization and to each other for our performance and behaviors. We continue to improve the quality and measurable outcomes of our programs.”

“We have had tremendous success evidenced by our metrics,” said Jill Kavoukian, Director of Healthcare Safety & Sustainability at Stony Brook University Hospital. “Medical plastics, cardboard and construction debris recycling increased this past year. There was a reduction in food waste due to effective program management coupled with food donation. Implementation of effective programming in greening the operating room, environmentally preferable purchasing, healthier foods, green building initiatives and safer chemical use all contributed to us being recognized for our sustainable efforts by Practice Greenhealth.”

Greenhealth recognition awards were presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala on May 9 in San Diego at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

For further information about Stony Brook Medicine’s Sustainability Program, visit

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