MORRISTOWN, NJ – JANUARY 2021 – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, recently received the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, and was named among the organizations and individuals that have moved the state forward on significant issues, including climate change, recycling, clean drinking water, and environmental justice.
“We are truly honored to be recognized among the leaders in our communities who are working to make our state environmentally sustainable,” said Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Atlantic Health System. “Implementing sustainable strategies in the delivery of care not only has a positive impact on the environment, but also compliments our commitment to quality and diversity. The effect this has on the communities we serve is multi-fold."
Atlantic Health System was recognized in the Healthy & Sustainable Businesses category with the Murphy administration highlighting Atlantic Health System’s achievements in reducing the carbon footprints of its medical centers, implementing aggressive changes in high-waste areas such as ORs and finding new ways to reduce waste and reuse common medical materials.
Examples of Atlantic Health System’s achievements include:
- Overlook Medical Center’s tri-generation power plant has had the most significant impact on reducing the organization’s carbon footprint. It can generate electricity on site by harnessing the waste heat produced by the generators and substitutes steam formerly created by boilers
- Atlantic Health System’s medical centers have exceeded national benchmarks for recycle rates, recycling between 19-26 percent or more of their total waste produced
- Plastic straws have been replaced with biodegradable paper straws throughout all hospital retail sites
- In early 2020, Atlantic Health System partnered with Green Vision, Inc., based in Randolph, a local environmentally friendly recycling company. The company picks up the health system’s electronic waste, or “e-waste,” such as used computer monitors, televisions, various pieces of medical equipment and other devices, and employs young adolescent students and adults with autism and teaches them how to properly dismantle and recycle e-waste. Green Vision operates 99% landfill-free, with all recycled materials going to federally licensed facilities. Atlantic Health last year recycled more than 7,000 lbs. of e-waste
- Starting in 2019, Overlook has been repurposing surgical blue wrap – the material used to cover sterile surgical instruments and materials – into reusable tote bags, as well as ponchos and sleeping bags, some of which have been donated to Summit’s homeless. The wrap is made of polypropylene, which is lightweight and durable – and also incredibly non-biodegradable, and a large source of hospital waste. Overlook Medical Center uses – and discards – about 15,000 lbs. of blue wrap each year, much of which can now be repurposed
These and other accomplishments have also been recognized by other organizations in recent years, including Practice Greenhealth, HealthTrust and Union County.
In his opening remarks at the virtual awards ceremony, DEP Deputy Commissioner Shawn LaTourette noted that the 2020 “honorees exemplify the values that motivate us here at the Department of Environmental Protection and across the Murphy Administration: an abiding commitment to science and service, and a drive to confront our greatest challenges, and out of them create new opportunities that will help us build a stronger, fairer New Jersey.”
The 2020 awards were presented virtually and video is available on the DEP’s website and Facebook page.
To see Atlantic Health System’s acceptance video, click here.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.
Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.
Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.
Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.