SUMMIT, NJ - For the second consecutive year, Overlook Medical Center has earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, as each Atlantic Health System hospitals was recognized for their accomplishments in environmental sustainability.

Practice Greenhealth is a Reston, VA-based nonprofit membership organization founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices by organizations in the health care community.

The Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award recognizes hospitals which are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs, and illustrating how sustainability is a core part of their culture.

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In addition to the Top 25 honor, Overlook also once again received the Greening the OR Award, which shows that the hospital is working in several areas on waste reduction and energy savings in the perioperative area.

Overlook added to its environmental achievements this year with Practice Greenhealth’s Circle of Excellence awards in three categories: Leadership, Less Waste and Healthy Food.

“At Overlook, we are once again honored that our ‘green’ efforts have made us among the most environmentally sustainable hospitals in the nation, and are excited to this year be joined by our colleagues across Atlantic Health System,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center and vice president of Atlantic Health System. "Sustainability has been adopted at all levels of the Overlook culture, and is a key part of our commitment to building healthier communities."

Morristown, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown medical centers, each received Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award, recognizing health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably and more. The four hospitals also received the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award.

In all, Atlantic Health System earned 13 awards from Practice Greenhealth, underscoring the health care provider’s commitment to be an environmental leader and make healthy, environmentally sustainable changes in order to build healthier communities.

"Atlantic Health System is proud of our innovative team members who have changed the narrative on eco-friendly health care and have developed environmentally-friendly initiatives to help us improve the communities we serve," said Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlantic Health System.

“As more and more hospitals embed sustainability into their operations, the bar for environmental excellence increases every year,” said Gary Cohen, president of Practice Greenhealth. “Atlantic Health System’s hospitals demonstrate the kind of leadership, innovation, and performance that can drive the entire health sector toward more environmentally responsible practices.”