Hackensack Meridian Health has announced that Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank has received Practice Greenhealth’s Emerald award for environmental performance and sustainability.

Practice Greenhealth is a health care membership organization providing sustainability solutions that benefit patients and employees, communities, and the environment.

The Greenhealth Emerald Award recognizes hospitals that have gone above and beyond in their sustainability efforts.

This competitive award acknowledges advanced sustainability programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories.

“Riverview Medical Center is keenly aware of our place in the community and the responsibility we have, not just to our patients, but to our community members, Kelli O’Brien, Chief Hospital Executive, Riverview Medical Center, said. “Healthcare and sustainability go hand-in-hand. Living a healthy life starts with creating a healthy environment and this award is a greatly appreciated acknowledgement of our efforts.”

To date, Riverview Medical Center has committed to providing healthier food options, reducing waste and using safer chemicals within the hospital.

The facility has also worked to reduce energy consumption through conservation measures that were implemented in partnership with the NJ Clean Energy Program.

Riverview has also incorporated other sustainability initiatives, such as promoting recycling and developing a targeted approach to hospital structure and its impact on the environment.

“We look forward to continuing our efforts in making Riverview the greenest and most environmentally sustainable facility possible,” O’Brien said.

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