Case Studies

The case studies in this section provide visibility into how and where sustainability fits within the modern health care organization. They have been developed as a practical resource to help guide the development and implementation of a successful sustainability program, particularly as it relates to the HH Challenge areas.

Focusing more on the sustainability journey itself rather than the end-result of such efforts, these studies aim to help health care organizations understand the issues, strategies and challenges they may face along the path to sustainability. They provide key insights and lessons learned from organizations that have already been there.

  • Hackensack University Medical Center | Energy Efficiency

    By: Christina Quint
    Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC), a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. HackensackUMC is committed to sustainability and doing no harm by providing a sustainable environment for patients, staff and community. HackensackUMC recognized that there was an opportunity for energy conservation and to address an infrastructure that was outdated and inefficient.
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital | Healthier Beverages

    By: Christina Quint
    National and local data identified childhood obesity as a growing problem. Based on that research, Dayton Children’s Hospital chose to address childhood obesity by eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) from their campus. Since May 2014, they have been 100 percent SSB-free in the cafeteria and vending machines.

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  • Cleveland Clinic | EcoCaregiver™ - Individual Behaviors Help Reduce Energy

    By: Christina Quint
    To meet Cleveland Clinic’s $12m energy demand reduction target, one of the reduction strategies focused on caregivers’ workplace behaviors. In November 2014, a mandatory online training on energy demand management for all caregivers was launched. Cleveland Clinic’s EUI is down 9.35 percent since the 2010 baseline, nearly 37,000 caregivers have taken the training, 29 caregiver-driven ideas are being implemented, and caregiver engagement scores are on the rise.
  • Broward Health | Custom Surgical Kit Reformulation

    By: Christina Quint
    Broward Health (BH) conducts various evaluations annually to determine opportunities for cost savings. In 2010, BH determined that waste had accumulated due to custom procedure kits (CPK), resulting in increased costs. The hospital system worked with a consulting firm to analyze the CPK program, which led to successful identification of areas needing improvements and an action plan that put in place greater efficiencies.

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  • Bronson Methodist Hospital | Bringing Sustainability Programming to the Next Level

    By: Christina Quint
    Over the past 20 years Bronson Methodist Hospital has put considerable effort toward creating a solid sustainability program through initiatives such as recycling programs, local food sourcing efforts, and hazardous chemical reduction strategies. However the hospital reached a point where if it were to continue to expand and improve its sustainability program, it needed to grow beyond the more easily-captured efforts and focus on initiatives that would require considerably more time and effort to achieve.
  • Beaumont Health | DEHP/PVC Reduction

    By: HHI Admin

    As a component of an application to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a new construction project, AAMC set a goal to achieve a 50 to 75 percent diversion rate of demolition and construction debris.

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  • Anne Arundel Medical Center | C&D Debris Diversion

    By: HHI Admin
    As a component of an application to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a new construction project, AAMC set a goal to achieve a 50 to 75 percent diversion rate of demolition and construction debris. 

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  • Bronson Methodist Hospital: Bringing Sustainability Programming to the Next Level

    By: Kevin Conway

    Over the past 20 years Bronson Methodist Hospital has put considerable effort toward creating a solid sustainability program through initiatives such as recycling programs, local food sourcing efforts, and hazardous chemical reduction strategies. However the hospital reached a point where if it were to continue to expand and improve its sustainability program, it needed to grow beyond the more easily-captured efforts and focus on initiatives that would require considerably more time and effort to achieve.

  • Advancing Sustainability in Health Care

    By: HHI Admin

    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.

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