Carolyn Brown-Dancy, Director Environmental Health and Safety, Atlantic Health System, views the healthcare system’s mission of “Building Healthier Communities” as an opportunity to be a leader in sustainability. Her leadership commitment to create award-wining programs and implement programs to dramatically reduce waste and increase recycling earned her the Leadership Award from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Association of New Jersey Recyclers. The award was presented at the Annual New Jersey Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.
“It’s an honor to receive this award and I am grateful to Atlantic Health System’s leadership who realized the impact we could have on our communities and future generations by implementing innovative solutions to be a sustainability leader,” said Carolyn. “By taking a system-wide approach to sustainability, we are able to deliver high-quality care while raising the bar on environmental excellence.”
Atlantic Health System has achieved the following:
- Eliminated plastic straws in its cafeterias
- Implemented a system-wide recycling initiative
- Added honeybees to the rooftops of each medical center
- Reduced medical waste
- Has gone mercury-free
- Collected and recycled more than 75,000 plastic bags from team members and provided reusable tote bags
- Implemented EPIC electronic medical records, resulting in a 27% paper usage reduction in 2018
The achievements and commitment to sustainability has earned the system numerous awards. Recently, Overlook Medical Center earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, for the second consecutive year, while Morristown, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown medical centers, each received Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award. Last year, AHS received the Sustainable Business Leadership Award received from Sustainable New Jersey, the first and only healthcare system to receive this award.
The NJDEP, in conjunction with the Association of New Jersey Recyclers, annually recognizes excellence in recycling in order to highlight program successes achieved by agencies, businesses, individuals and others who help keep New Jersey communities clean and healthy.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System has a long-standing tradition of providing exceptional patient outcomes and experiences. Home to seven award-winning hospitals including Morristown Medical Center, the number one hospital in NJ according to U.S. News & World Report, Castle Connelly and Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals, the system has been ranked first in New Jersey in consumer preference by Monigle and first among health systems in New Jersey as a “best workplace” by both Modern Healthcare and Fortune Magazine.
Many of the system’s programs have received national accolades and designations, including Morristown Medical Center’s Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranked among the top 30 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report; Morristown Medical Center’s Orthopedics program ranked among the top 35 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Atlantic Health System’s Cancer Care program, New Jersey’s first and only National Cancer Institute National Community Oncology Research Program. Additionally, Atlantic Health System Neuroscience at Overlook Medical Center, working with Atlantic Mobile Health, was the first in the nation to deploy and use portable Telestroke technology in ambulances for routine pre-hospital assessment of stroke patients.
Powered by a passionate workforce of 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 system provides care for the full continuum of health needs across a wide array of settings, including Atlantic Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey with more than 1,000 physicians and providers, 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, Atlantic Home Care and Hospice and Atlantic Anywhere’s Virtual Visits. Facilitating connections between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.