Toronto Rehab, UHN receives Green Hospital of the Year award from the OHA
Toronto Rehab, UHN receives Green Hospital of the Year award from the OHA. (L to R): Matthew Cannon, Jeanette Despatie, Mark Cammisuli, Joanne Zee, Stewart Dankner, Edward Rubinstein, Lisa Vanlint, Rita Soares, Yinny Chen, Adeline Cohen

UHN's Toronto Rehab has been named the 2015 Green Hospital of the Year by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA).

Toronto Rehab was nominated because of staff success in making the physical environment efficient and sustainable, resulting in impressive annual green and cost savings.

The green accomplishments include:

  • Lights converted to LED resulting in an annual savings of 110,632 kWh of electricity
  • New paperless volunteer orientation packages and facilities work orders saving 54,000 sheets of paper annually
  • Pesticide-free grounds maintenance
  • Planting of trees at Lyndhurst to replace those damaged by the 2013 ice storm.
  • New bike racks installed to support sustainable transportation
  • Rooftop patient healing garden produced vegetables used by patients as part of their rehab therapy
  • Sixty-two Toronto Rehab staff joined UHN's Green Team

"Toronto Rehab has had a focus on green initiatives for many years," says Susan Jewell, Senior Vice President and Executive Lead, Toronto Rehab. "Since Stewart Dankner, Director of Facilities, joined our team a couple years ago, he has worked in partnership with UHN's Energy & Environment Team to push the envelope to make Toronto Rehab an exceptionally green hospital."

The Toronto Rehab and Energy & Environment received the honour Monday at OHA's Health Achieve Conference.

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Rita Soares receives OHA’s Green Health Care Award for Individual Leadership

"I'm so proud to be part of such a passionate team at Toronto Rehab and all of UHN," says Lisa Vanlint, UHN Energy Steward. "This group works so well together and at all levels to make the hospital sustainable for our patients and our environment. Winning this award gives us momentum to ask ourselves what's next and follow through with it."

In addition, Rita Soares, Manager, Environmental Services, Toronto General and Princess Margaret, received the OHA's Green Health Care Award for Individual Leadership. This is in recognition of how Rita has helped shape the UHN culture of sustainability.​​

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