Stony Brook University Hospital has made a concerted effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible during its surgeries.

And the medical team has been awarded for its efforts.

Last month, the nation’s leading organization of environmental sustainability in healthcare, Practice Greenhealth, honored the hospital with its “Greening the OR Award.”

That award is one of the highest achievments in enviromental excellecene in the health care sector, according to the hospital.

“We are proud to be recognized as a leader in driving the effort of greening of ORs,” said Carol Gomes, chief operating officer and chief quality officer for Stony Brook University Hospital. “We continue to look at ways to reduce our environmental impact while continuing to provide a sound and safe environment for our patients, staff and visitors.”

To reduce the ORs enviromental footprint, Stony Brook implemented programs to reduce heating costsand the use of disoposable basins.

“Over 10,000 reusable basin sets were used and reprocessed in 2017,”” said Jill Kavoukian, director of Healthcare Safety & Sustainability   100 percent of our operating rooms are equipped with LED surgical lighting reducing energy consumption.”

Top: (L-R) Kenneth Rosenfeld, MD, Director of Perioperative Services; Mary Bennett, Clinical Nurse Specialist;  Allyson Silver, AD of Operations, Surgical Services; Jill Kavoukian, Director of Healthcare Safety and Sustainability; Carol Gomes, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer; Michael DeMasi, Director Clinical Value Analysis. (Courtesy photo.)