Greening The Cleaning

HackensackUMC Wins Excellence In Patient Care Award For Cleanliness

HACKENSACK, NJ, July 20, 2010 -- Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) has been chosen to receive an Excellence in Patient Care award by  the Studer Group®. The hospital will receive the award—which will be presented at the 8th annual What’s Right in Health CareSM conference—for its exemplary “cleanliness” ratings on the HCAHPS patient survey.

What does HUMC use to clean their hospital?  The award-winning Greening the Cleaning® program from The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™, developed at Hackensack University Medical Center in 2001. HUMC, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, has been widely recognized for its leadership in environmental quality and green cleaning.

“Hospital cleanliness is essential to creating the most effective healing environment," notes Deirdre Imus. “This award shows how critical the physical surroundings are for clinical outcomes as well as patient satisfaction."

HCAHPS, or Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, is a national standardized survey tool used to measure adult inpatient perception of the quality of care they receive at a given acute care hospital.
The 27-question survey was created in 2002 by the combined efforts of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Scores are publicly posted four times a year at
Studer Group gives its Excellence in Patient Care award based on very high scores in each of the HCAHPS categories. Hackensack University Medical Center received its award in the “Over 500 Beds” category for having the best responses to the HCAHPS item “Room Was Always Clean.”

The What’s Right in Health Care conference will take place October 18-20, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. It’s an acclaimed national conference during which the top healthcare organizations in the industry gather to share “best practices” with an audience of their peers.
The Greening the Cleaning® program has since been adopted by numerous healthcare facilities, government agencies, businesses and schools. In March 2008, the U.S. Green Building Council-NJ Chapter bestowed its first Green Products Award on the Environmental Center's commercial line of Greening the Cleaning products.  In 2006, the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Environmental Center and HUMC for recent contributions to environmental health with a Region 2 Quality Award.

Greening the Cleaning means eliminating to the greatest extent possible, all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replacing them with naturally-derived ingredients with the least level of toxicity. One hundred percent of all profits from the institutional products go to the Environmental Health Center for supporting education and research to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children's health.  

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