Northwell hospitals plan to plant 30,000 trees to celebrate the 30,000 babies born at Northwell hospitals in 2021.
Huntington Hospital was one of the participating hospitals, along with Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Long Island Jewish Forest Hills in Queens, Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Peconic Bay Medical Center Riverhead, Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore and Staten Island University Hospital.
The project launched Friday.
“Northwell is committed to keeping our communities well—and to doing it in the most socially responsible way,” said Donna Drummond, Northwell’s chief sustainability officer. “That means taking environmental responsibility, expanding access to equitable care, and forming partnerships for community well-being. To continue our mission, we are delighted to engage in an initiative to plant a tree for every child born at a Northwell facility. We believe that we will have a positive impact on the environment and while providing our neighbors with a great way to commemorate a new life.”
Northwell delivered 30,500 babies in 2021, which represented 15 percent of all births in New York State and 1 percent nationally, the organization said.