The Healthier Hospitals Initiative uses data to drive environmental improvement in the health care sector. While data is key to success in driving performance, it doesn’t tell the story of the journey. Data doesn’t highlight the hard work that goes into making those line graphs move in the right direction. Behind every data point is a team of individuals working to put all the pieces together and drive change in a complex health care environment. That’s where the HHI case studies come in by explaining the steps taken from point a to point b.
• In rebuilding this critical access hospital in Nebraska City and incorporating green initiatives around LED lighting and a geothermal well field HVAC system, the 30-year total cost of ownership of this new facility is $3 million below that of the typical critical access hospital in the Midwest region - $68 million vs. $71 million. The LED lighting has a payback period of four years. The geothermal HVAC system has a maximum payback period of 12 years and has the potential to pay back in eight years.
Denise Choiniere University of MD Medical Center, Timothy Jones Northern Berkshire Healthcare, and Mary J. Larsen Advocate Health Care share what sparked their personal sustainability journey in health care.