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Valley Hospital earns national awards for commitment to sustainability

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For the ninth year in a row, The Valley Hospital has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for its achievements and innovation in healthcare sustainability.

The network, headquartered in Paramus, recently received the national organization’s Partner for Change Award. The award recognizes her ongoing commitment to improving environmental performance and her work to integrate sustainability and resilience into operations and culture.

Practice Greenhealth also awarded Valley the Greening the OR Recognition Award for its efforts to improve environmental performance in the operating room.

Gary Cohen, founder of Reston, Va.-based Practice Greenhealth, praised Valley. He said the system “demonstrates the kind of leadership, innovation and performance that can drive the entire healthcare industry toward more environmentally responsible practices.”

“In a changing healthcare landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community,” Cohen said in a May 24 press release.

New and improved

This achievement comes about a month after Valley officially moved into the state-of-the-art hospital in Paramus. Located on Winters Avenue, the newly constructed $868 million facility replaced the old Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

In Paramus, the 370-bed, 90,000-square-foot, seven-story acute care hospital is the centerpiece of a 40-acre campus that unites inpatient care with a wide range of outpatient services. Key features include:

  • Single rooms for privacy and healing;
  • An extensive emergency department;
  • Larger operating rooms;
  • The latest technology; And
  • Park-like grounds.

Located on Winters Avenue, the 370-bed, 910,000-square-foot Valley Hospital at Paramus is the centerpiece of a 40-acre campus that unites acute inpatient care with the network's wide range of outpatient services.
Located on Winters Avenue, the 370-bed, 910,000-square-foot Valley Hospital at Paramus is the centerpiece of a 40-acre campus that unites acute inpatient care with the network’s wide range of outpatient services. – PROVIDED BY VALLEY HEALTH

According to Valley, the new hospital will be managed and maintained according to environmentally friendly principles. More than 30% of the campus is dedicated to open green space. There are also two green roofs. According to the hospital, this will help reduce stormwater runoff, improve energy efficiency and improve the overall appearance of the building.

The hospital also has a cogeneration plant, allowing Valley to reduce its carbon footprint. Depending on the season, the installation will produce 30% to 40% of the energy.

Audrey Meijers
Meijers

Audrey Meyers, CEO of Valley Health System, commented: “Valley is committed to minimizing the impact of hospital operations on the environment and contributing to a more sustainable future. Sustainability practices are essential to the health and well-being of our patients and families, as well as the larger environments of our community and our planet.”

Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards were launched in 2002 and launched in 2002. It is considered one of the nation’s premier recognition programs for environmental performance in the healthcare sector.

Other New Jersey health systems honored this year include Hackensack Meridian Health and Atlantic Health System.

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