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RAH's Commitment to the Environment

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Commitment to the Environment

  • Electronic Medical Records – We use software that makes use of an Electronic Medical Records system. This means that all patient medical records and client records are recorded on computers. This has lead to a substantial reduction in paper use.

  • Recycling – All scrap paper, cardboard and bottles are recycled.

  • Paperless Statements – Paperless statements option; instead of printing invoices, they can be viewed through e-mail and stored electronically.

  • Lighting – Light fixtures utilize reflectors to reduce number of light bulbs, and contain high-efficiency components. Light-switches contain occupancy sensors so the lights turn off while certain rooms are unoccupied.

  • Power-Saving Computers – Computers automatically turn off at night and while not in use.

  • Bio-Degradable Plastic Bags – Client shopping bags are bio-degradable as are the pet-waste bags that you see throughout Rhinebeck and the surrounding communities.

  • Double-Sided Printing – Printers print on both sides of the paper, which halves paper usage.                                                                           
  • Electronic Time Clock – Manage all attendance records electronically.

  • Furnaces – High efficiency furnaces for heating that are over 95% efficient, so they use less fossil fuel.

  • Programmable Thermostats – Programmable thermostats are installed throughout the hospital to efficiently control heating and cooling, including when spaces are unoccupied.

  • High-Efficiency Ventilation - Ventilation system uses an air exchanger that is tempers fresh, incoming outside air with outgoing hospital air.


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