In recognition for standard-setting innovation and environmental stewardship, Stony Brook University Hospital received this year’s Greening the OR Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Greening the OR Award recognizes the facility demonstrating the most success in reducing the environmental impact of its surgical suites. Operating rooms are large contributors to a healthcare facility’s environmental footprint, creating opportunity for significant cost savings and sustainability improvements.
“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in driving the effort of greening of ORs,” said Carol Gomes, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Stony Brook University Hospital. “We continue to look at ways to reduce our environmental impact while continuing to provide a sound and safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors.”
“In an effort to conserve energy in the OR, a program was initiated with temperature setbacks to reduce heating costs at night in unoccupied rooms. The OR team reduced the use of disposable basins by utilizing metal reusable basins. Over 10,000 reusable basin sets were used and reprocessed in 2017. 100 percent of our operating rooms are equipped with LED surgical lighting reducing energy consumption,” said Jill Kavoukian, Director of Healthcare Safety & Sustainability at Stony Brook University Hospital.
The 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 stonybrookmedicine.edu/sustainability/program.
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