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Hackensack University Medical Center is First Hospital to Join the American Sustainable Business Council

For Immediate Release: 
June 24, 2015
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Nancy Radwin, HackensackUMC,, 551-996-3765
Bob Keener, ASBC,, 617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (June 24, 2015)The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) today announced that Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack UMC) joined as a business member. HackensackUMC is the first hospital to join ASBC, which works on policy changes that move the economy towards more social, economic and environmental sustainability.

“HackensackUMC is excited to become the first hospital to join this impressive coalition of businesses that are working to achieve a more sustainable and successful economy. It is our obligation as public health professionals to evolve with the changing healthcare landscape while staying true to our core principals of putting our patients’ best interests first. Embracing sustainability is integral to that effort,” said Robert C. Garrett, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “We are excited to add our voice to strengthen the power of business to create jobs, protect the environment and build a sustainable economy both here in New Jersey and across the country.”

“We are very pleased to have Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the nation’s most innovative healthcare facilities, join ASBC,” said Richard Eidlin, Co-Founder and Vice President of Policy for ASBC. “We applaud Hackensack’s focus on providing comprehensive health care and wellness services that lead to more productive workplaces and healthier employees. In addition, their commitment to environmental stewardship and reducing toxic chemicals is a great complement to ASBC’s work on chemical reform and addressing climate change. We look forward to working with the Hackensack University Medical Center.”

HackensackUMC, in collaboration with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC, is committed to identifying, controlling, and ultimately preventing the toxic exposures in the environment that threaten the health and well-being of children, their families and the wider community. About HackensackUMC’s participation in ASBC Deirdre Imus said, “I applaud Robert Garrett and HackensackUMC for again taking the lead in healthcare on protecting people and the planet.”

HackensackUMC continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote sustainability in healthcare. Earlier this year, HackensackUMC received Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor as a 2015 Environmental Excellence Award winner, earning recognition once again as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country. Practice Greenhealth also honored HackensackUMC for outstanding performance in healthcare sustainability in the areas of Leadership, Chemicals, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Climate.

In addition, HackensackUMC achieved the HealthTrust Social Stewardship award in recognition of its leadership in sustainability in the supply chain.  

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:  

About The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at HackensackUMC                                                                                                                  

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. HackensackUMC began its journey towards environmental health and sustainability more than a decade ago with the help of Deirdre Imus, beginning with the Greening The Cleaning® program in 2001, which promotes the use of nontoxic cleaning products and in 2005 with the design and construction of one of the first green hospitals in the country, which was named one of America’s Top Green Hospitals by National Geographic’s The Green Guide.   In 2015, through the efforts of the Environmental Health Center, HackensackUMC earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor as a 2015 Environmental Excellence Award winner, earning recognition for a second year in a row, as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country.

About American Sustainable Business Council

The American Sustainable Business Council  advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 200,000 businesses and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors.