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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Awarded the City of Aventura "Go Green Award" on Arbor Day

Aventura, FL (April 24, 2009) - Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was recognized by the City of Aventura as a “Go Green Initiative Award” recipient for its energy conservation efforts. The Senior Team accepted the award at a special Arbor Day Celebration at the City of Aventura Community Recreation Center.

“We are very proud to accept this important award,” stated Heather Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, “Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is committed to identifying and implementing new, more efficient ways to reduce energy consumption and care for our environment with the same compassion and care that we give our patients.”

The “Go Green Award,” part of the City of Aventura’s Go Green Recognition Program, honors residential and business organizations that are taking initiatives to preserve our environment. The Community Services Advisory Board conducts a thorough evaluation of these properties and facilities in order to select the award recipients.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center was commended for its participation in Waste Management’s “Single Stream” recycling program, in which recycle bins are strategically placed throughout the hospital for collection of eligible materials. Aventura Hospital also recycles corrugated cardboard, which is collected from the facility’s receiving area and placed in a bulk container. Office paper collection bins are also placed in each hospital department, and their contents are both shredded and recycled.

In addition to its recycling efforts, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has contracted with an energy management firm to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing patient comfort. This is accomplished by identifying efficient operating parameters for all chillers, boilers, and other major equipment, and adjusting equipment cycles to accurately reflect these findings. To date, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has saved enough electricity to power more than 135 homes.

About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Always on the cutting-edge of healthcare technology, Aventura Hospital was the first in Dade County to install the da Vinci S HD Robot and the Elekta Synergy S. The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Stroke Program was also the first in Dade County to earn The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. The 24-hour Emergency Room consistently maintains an average wait time of less than 10 minutes, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab’s average STEMI time of less than 60 minutes fulfills the standards set forth by Miami-Dade County EMS. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.

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