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RWJBarnabas Health Receives Gold “Healthy Hospital” Award


WEST ORANGE, NJ – Due to its exceptional commitment to health care sustainability, RWJBarnabas Health recently received the prestigious Gold Healthy Hospital Award from Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions (SSS), the nation’s leading reprocessor of medical devices.

According to RWJBarnabas Health, which has partnered with SSS on its reprocessing programs since 2006, the “Healthy Hospital” designation is reserved for select hospitals that demonstrate outstanding leadership in health care sustainability and overall hospital quality through single-use device (SUD) reprocessing.  Among such SUD devices are pulse oximetry, tourniquet cuffs, blood pressure cuffs, and compression hose.

In 2016, the reprocessing program in RWJBarnabas’ 11 acute care hospitals successfully diverted 53,588 pounds of medical waste from landfills and reduced its supply costs by $2,172,990, according to the health care system. The financial savings saw an increase of 28 percent since 2015, allowing additional funds to be redirected into key patient care initiatives. In the first six months of 2017, the numbers have nearly doubled, according to said Barry Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of RWJBarnabas Health.

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“RWJBarnabas Health is extremely proud of this green initiative,” said Ostrowsky. “It has a significant environmental impact by keeping tens of thousands of pounds in medical waste from landfills through safe reprocessing under Federal Drug Administration approval.”

On behalf of SSS, president Brian White said Stryker was pleased to honor RWJBarnabas Health’s continued dedication to achieving both environmental and financial sustainability.

“With a heightened focus on improving value in today’s healthcare environment, RWJBarnabas hospitals lead by example with their commitment to sustainability initiatives that reduce costs and optimize resources in order to support quality care,” he said.

Leading hospitals across the nation are continuing to pursue initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of healthcare delivery. Among these initiatives, SUD reprocessing stands out as an environmental practice that not only dramatically reduces the amount of medical waste, but also frees significant resources for the hospital at the same time—all without capital investment.

RWJBarnabas Health is in the company of other leading hospitals that are implementing reprocessing programs. In fact, reprocessing programs are currently employed by nearly all of the U.S. News & World Report “Honor Roll” hospitals.

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