For Immediate Release
Contact: Derek T. Berry
Media Relations Manager
Washington, D.C. – July 25, 2011 - National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) has received a Greenhealth Award from Practice Greenhealth. The Partner for Change Award was given to NRH in recognition of its overall environmental sustainability efforts taken in 2010.
The Partner for Change Award is given to given to healthcare facilities that have established environmental programs and continue to improve their actions. This is the second year that NRH has won the Partner for Change Award. NRH also received the award in 2010 for efforts implemented in 2009.
Greenhealth chose to recognize NRH for its multiple environmentally-friendly programs. NRH engages in battery and fluorescent light recycling in addition to paper recycling, and last year managed to recycle 26% of its total waste. Additionally, NRH has eliminated all trans fats from its food, reduced 70% of Styrofoam usage, and is in the 90th percentile among other hospitals in terms of energy conservation.
NRH continues to work towards being a “steward of the environment,” says Bob Wilson, NRH Director of Engineering and Maintenance. For more about NRH, go to nrhrehab.org.
National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) is a private, not-for-profit facility with 137 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. NRH’s services are designed specifically for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and disease, arthritis, amputations, post-polio syndrome, chronic pain, back and neck pain, occupational injuries, cancer and cardiac disease that require medical rehabilitation, and other neurological and orthopedic conditions. Annually, NRH admits approximately 2,200 inpatients and provides nearly 350,000 ambulatory visits at 34 NRH Regional Rehab outpatient sites located in Washington, D.C., Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. We treat patients from the age of 6 and up and our pediatric unit — the National Center for Children’s Rehabilitation at NRH — is a joint service of NRH and Children’s National Medical Center.
NRH has appeared on the “Best Hospitals” list in U.S.News & World Report for 17 consecutive years and is currently ranked among the top hospitals for medical rehabilitation in America. NRH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). NRH has CARF accredited specialty programs for Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke. In addition, NRH’s Spinal Cord Injury Program has been designated one of only 14 Model SCI Systems of Care in the country by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a part of the Department of Education. NRH is a proud member of MedStar Health., parent company to Franklin Square Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, Montgomery General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and the Visiting Nurses Association. For more on NRH, log on to nrhrehab.org.