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The Sarkis & Siran Gabrellian
Women's & Children's Pavilion

Hackensack University Medical Center

"I believe even the environment
in a hospital should heal."

Deirdre Imus, Founder and President
The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center

The new Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women's and Children's Pavilion at Hackensack University Medical Center is "Green Building" in action.  It is one of America's first environmentally responsible and sustainable healthcare facilities.  And The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™ is proud to have played a leading role in the selection of environmentally responsible building materials and processes in this special healing facility.

The concept of Green Building encompasses energy efficiency, Green Building materials, indoor air quality, waste minimization and disposal.  The new Pavilion meets or exceeds guidelines for Green Buildings established by the U.S. Green Building Council. It will also serve as a resource and role model for hospitals and other large buildings throughout the nation.

About 15 percent of the construction costs were for environmentally preferred choices, many of which pay for themselves in reduced costs for energy, and human and environmental health. The idea is to create a stronger demand for Green Building concepts. The more these products and processes are adopted, the lower the initial cost.

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Children are the Reason

As part of our mission at the Environmental Center, we want to educate the public and legislators about ways to minimize and eliminate toxins in our environment. One of the ways we do that is through our award-winning Greening the Cleaning® program,* first developed at Hackensack University Medical Center. The program is an outreach of our larger mission:

To identify, control, and ultimately prevent
toxic exposures in the environment
that threaten our children's health.

That's why we are involved in Green Building and indoor air quality issues. We set an example in our own office environment, advise commercial customers on green initiatives and Green Building choices, and serve as a realistic voice on legislation impacting environmental health.

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* 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.

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Greening Healthcare

The Sarkis & Siran Gabrellian Women's & Children's Pavilion

Learn more about one of America's first environmentally responsible and sustainable healthcare facilities as seen in this pull out inserted in the December 6, 2005 issue of The New York Times.

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Hackensack University Medical Center

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Updated 1/13/2010

EPA Recognizes the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center at HUMC with Quality Award

Hackensack, NJ, May 8, 2006 – The regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™ at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in Hackensack, N.J., for its recent contributions to environmental health with a Region 2 Quality Award.