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Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital knows it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts; it’s what’s outside, too.

That’s why, in addition to its many medical industry accolades, the hospital just snagged a unique award for environmental awareness as part of the Westchester Green Business Challenge. The recognition was for implementing several materials-related initiatives, including purchasing environmentally-friendly and recycled products, which means the hospital saves 674,329 gallons of oil and 12 million gallons of water yearly. In addition, the hospital installed a biodigester, which is a machine that prevents at least 300 pounds of organic food waste from being tossed into landfills every day.

“We are proud to earn this certification for our sustainability efforts,” said Tony Alfano, the facility’s vice president and executive director. “Sustainability is a team effort, and by working closely with our engineering department, we have been able to eliminate organic waste from garbage and create a healthier environment for our community.”

The Westchester Green Business Certification award recognizes organizations that are leaders in incorporating sustainability into all aspects of business.

“Hospitals inevitably consume large amounts of energy to provide the highest quality of care for our patients,” said Jeff Hogan, energy and sustainability manager for Montefiore. “We set our goal for a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. By continuing our commitment to being the most sustainable health care provider in New York City, we are directly achieving our mission of advancing the health of the communities we serve.

The hospital, which was founded in 1892, is the city’s largest employer. At the helm is Vice President and Executive Director Anthony Alfano, who was appointed in 2013. Earlier this year, New Rochelle officials approved a zoning change to pave the way for new workforce housing near the hospital. The idea is to create additional, convenient housing at below-market rates to primarily attract doctors and nurses to live nearby.

Montefiore New Rochelle is part of a larger Montefiore health system, which includes 10 hospitals; a primary and specialty care network of more than 150 locations across Westchester County, the lower Hudson Valley and the Bronx; an extended-care facility; the Montefiore School of Nursing and its Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

“At Montefiore, we believe health care should be easy to access, local and tailored to the needs of the communities,” Dr. Steven Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore, said.

Earlier this year, Montefiore launched a new brand campaign called “Doing More.”

“’Doing More’” is what we do every day,” according to Dr. Safyer. “Montefiore’s ‘Doing More’ campaign celebrates the art and science of achieving remarkable outcomes for our patients and our communities.”

Montefiore New Rochelle specifically boasts several distinctions, including:

— Designation as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

— Designation as a New York State Stroke Center.

— Designation as a New York State perinatal hospital with a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that provides state-of-the-art care for fragile newborns.

— Receipt of American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program accreditation.

— Receipt of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a certified Center of Excellence in both hip and knee joint replacement.

The hospital has arguably come a long way in a short amount of time. It was formally known as the struggling Sound Shore Hospital. Montefiore took control of it and a sister hospital – and their hefty debts – in 2013 as part of a merger.

“Providing ongoing jobs and supporting the local economy are important benefits of a vital health care system,” Dr. Safyer said. “We are making a long-term commitment to lower Westchester to support and improve the health of area residents as well as the health of the local economy.”

Earlier this year, Montefiore New Rochelle was awarded $44 million by New York State through its Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) capital restructuring financing program. The funds are earmarked to construct Montefiore New Rochelle Medical Village, which entails a renovation of the ambulatory health center, emergency department, and imaging services to provide better integrated advanced primary and specialty care to the residents of surrounding communities. The money is part of a $1.5 billion statewide initiative to improve New York health care facilities.

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