"Going Green" Creates a Healthier Patient Care Environment
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, August 31, 2013, 06:11 PM EDT
Valley Health System – including the main hospital campus and its off-site buildings and offices – has, for a number of years, been dedicated to reducing its adverse environmental impact. Valley formalized its green and sustainable commitment when Audrey Meyers, Valley's CEO and President, signed a pledge to adhere to the agenda set forth by the nationwide Healthier Hospitals Initiative. In March 2011, Valley was the first hospital in New Jersey to sign that pledge. With the assistance of a team of employees from across the health system, Howard Halverson, Valley's Director of Environmental Services, coordinates the system's environmental efforts.
In 2013, in addition to broadening its recycling program, Valley Health System has implemented a number of additional environmentally sensitive programs and equipment as part of its "green" commitment. Valley has implemented more efficient medical equipment washers, cultivates and purchases locally grown produce, provides more nutritional dining selections, harvests natural honey through hives at its Luckow Pavilion (in Paramus), has converted from traditional light bulbs to LEDs where possible, shuts down non-essential air handlers after hours, has installed occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption in empty rooms, conducted an energy audit with its local utility, and uses sustainable building products.
"By creating a greener environment in our facilities, we create a healthier environment for patients and staff, and the health system reduces operating costs at the same time. It's a win-win for everyone," says Halverson. For more information on Valley's green and sustainable initiatives, and its efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, contact us via e-mail.
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