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Friday, April 23, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Deerfield Beach, FL - In commemoration of Earth Day, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center celebrated its first annual Plant a Tree Day. A Desert Cassia tree was planted in the front of the hospital grounds and each year on Earth Day another tree will be added.

“The planting of the tree symbolizes our many efforts to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center. “Our dedication to the health of the community includes the environment as well as the people.”

North Broward Medical Center has taken several steps to become more eco-conscious, including reducing bio-hazardous and pharmaceutical waste as well as implementing a bio-systems reusable container program and hospital-wide recycling program. Broward Health was recently recognized by the Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department for its environmentally responsible business practices. The 2009 Emerald Award was presented to Broward Health in the Pollution Prevention: Hazardous Waste Reduction - large business category. The Emerald Award Program annually recognizes, honors and promotes environmentally sound businesses in Broward County for their efforts to protect the environment

Along with the Broward County Board of Commissioners, Broward Health has established a System-wide Green Committee (The Emerald Committee) representing each region and all areas with green processes, products and/or services with the primary focus to REDUCE, RECYCLE and/or REUSE. The current pollution prevention program aims to minimize waste, increase staff and patient safety, minimize the use of hazardous materials, prevent pollution, increase recycling and seek suppliers using environmentally friendly preferred purchasing.

Earth Day is the product of a grassroots action forty years ago to increase environmental awareness and focus the nation's political agenda on important environmental issues. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as a national, environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. More than 20 million people participated that year. Earth Day's substantial public support inspired Congress to pass significant U.S. environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Earth Day is now observed on April 22 each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.