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From left: Bruno Giacomuzzi, co-treasurer, Board of Directors, Practice Greenhealth; Carol Malley, environmental manager, SBU Hospital; and Robert Jarboe, executive director, Practice Greenhealth
From left: Bruno Giacomuzzi, co-treasurer, Board of Directors, Practice Greenhealth; Carol Malley, environmental manager, SBU Hospital; and Robert Jarboe, executive director, Practice Greenhealth

Stony Brook University Hospital was honored with a Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The award is one of the organization’s seven Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the healthcare sector.

The Partner for Change award recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 10 percent of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs.

“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize success stories,” said Bob Jarboe, executive director of Practice Greenhealth.” “Stony Brook University Hospital is a successful model of how health facilities can develop and implement pollution prevention programs to greatly improve the health of their patients, staff, and community.”

The Award Committee was especially impressed with Stony Brook University Hospital’s establishment of a green team, energy conservation measures, pharmaceutical waste program, environmental stewardship programs, and medical equipment reprocessing.

“We are so pleased to have our accomplishments recognized at a national level,” said Jill Kavoukian, associate director, Environmental Health and Safety, Stony Brook University Hospital. “Stony Brook University Hospital is committed to reducing our environmental impact and we are continually monitoring our progress to improve our performance.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in conjunction with CleanMed 2009, a global conference for environmental leaders in healthcare. Practice Greenhealth will sponsor the planting of 100 trees in Haiti for each award presented.

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views, and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org 

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