Success Stories

The success stories section is a forum for sharing your sustainability efforts with the world – for telling the story of what you did, how you did it and why it made a difference. We are proud to feature real-life tales of success from health care organizations across the nation that have committed to the HH agenda and have signed on to pursue at least one HH Challenge. 

Success stories can be related to the goals specified in the Challenges or can share a different approach you took to addressing your environmental impacts, whether in the form of a small one-time event or a large, ongoing, multi-stakeholder project. Either way, we invite you use this platform to share your success with the world!

  • Oct
    10
    2013

    Focus on HHI Enrollee: Michael Atanasio, Manager, Food & Nutrition, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, New Jersey

    By: Janet Brown

    HHI’s Janet Brown had a virtual sit down with HHI enrolled facility contact, Michael Atanasio, Manager, Food and Nutrition for Overlook Medical Center, about the work, the bees and the new mission statement! Michael shared a flavor of activities underway at Overlook.

    garden_logo.png “I am fortunate in that our President and CEO, Alan Lieber, is firmly committed to healthier environments.  I have worked here for six years and the environmental sustainability work that we do is connected to wellness and furthering the health of our communities.  Our...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Advocate Health Care | Engaging Employees in Waste Reduction

    By: HHI Admin

    Advocate Health Care has identified employee (“associate”) engagement as a key driver of waste reduction, energy conservation and preservation of environmental health.  Advocate proved the power of this belief as it sought to reduce the quantity of regulated medical waste (RMW) and other waste produced within its facilities.  To reduce its waste, Advocate adopted a multi-faceted approach to include associates in its environmental efforts by building a culture of conservation throughout the organization. An online training module helped educate associates about the program, demonstrating...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Gundersen Health System | Achieving Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

    By: HHI Admin

    As a comprehensive healthcare network with facilities in western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota, Gundersen Health System cares for patients in 19 counties, Not including campus growth, Gundersen's energy costs were increasing at more than $350,000 annually  in 2007 making energy reduction a priority. To meet their goal of being 100 percentenergy independent, meaning they produce as much renewable energy as they use, Gundersen uses energy-saving practices along with energy-efficient equipment, medical technologies, office supplies and building materials to improve...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Partners HealthCare | Strategic Energy Master Plan

    By: HHI Admin

    In 2008, energy price increases led Partners HealthCare to re-examine its $100 million annual energy costs across 15 facilities, and efforts to contain annual energy increases of 1.5 percent.  Much of this energy was carbon-based and subject to price swings.  This, combined with incentives to improve the efficiency of existing systems and to install renewable energy systems, provided the impetus for Partners to develop an energy master plan called the Strategic Energy Master Plan.  This plan was developed by a steering committee of hospital and Partner’s representatives and a consultant....

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    MedStar | Green Cleaning

    By: HHI Admin

    In 2012, MedStar’s Franklin Square Medical Center (FSMC) signed on to HHI’s Less Waste and Safer Chemicals Challenges.  FSMC had been working on improving its waste profile for years by reducing regulated medical waste and increasing recycling, but implementing a green cleaning program was a new challenge.  Before the development of this program, FSMC’s housekeeping department used a separate cleaner for nearly everything.  By standardizing its chemical cleaners, the facility was able to make a global shift to Green Seal-certified, eco-preferred options for bathroom cleaners, neutral...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Stanford University Medical Center | Landfill Avoidance

    By: HHI Admin

    Stanford University Medical Center's waste management program includes landfill diversion tactics such as recycling, composting and source reduction.  In addition to its -established single stream recycling program, Stanford continues to activate recycling programs. .  In August 2012, Stanford  partnered with the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council to conduct a study on the potential for capturing plastic materials from clinical areas.  After measuring the potential recycling volumes extrapolated to annual patient throughput, Stanford has developed a new target goal of “Chasing 100” – an...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Bon Secours Health System | Developing an Energy Efficient Strategy

    By: HHI Admin

    The amount of energy used by U.S. hospitals is costly and contributes to environmental pollution that negatively impacts health.  Bon Secours Health System developed an Ecological Stewardship Plan with a goal of reducing its carbon footprint and minimizing these impacts by improving energy efficiency through operational and behavioral changes.  

    To achieve this, Bon Secours developed an energy task force charged with engaging internal and external stakeholders. Internally, an energy policy was adopted; a communication campaign was launched to educate employees and leadership about...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Kaiser Permanente | DEHP and PVC Elimination

    By: HHI Admin

    Kaiser Permanente protects the health of its members and communities through mechanisms, including demonstrating a preference for products that do not contain harmful substances. . KP has partnered with its suppliers to target two substances in particular: the plasticizer DEHP (di 2-ethylhexyl phthalate) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride).  Traditionally, DEHP has been used to make medical plastics such as PVC IV bags and tubing softer and more pliable, but has been found to leach plastics from the medical equipment into the air or liquids passing through them. . Research has shown that DEHP...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Dignity Health | Engaging Employees in Waste Reduction Efforts

    By: HHI Admin

    In 2012, Dignity Health partnered with its waste vendor Stericycle to implement an Integrated Waste Stream Solutions (IWSS) program in 12 of their facilities.  This program tracks and reports data on several of Dignity Health’s waste streams, including solid, hazardous, pharmaceutical, regulated medical and recyclable wastes. 

    Implementing the IWSS program has helped Dignity Health verify the accuracy of their data and enhance the timeliness of the data collection process, while the results of regular waste audits helped pinpoint specific successes and failures. As a result of their...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Tenet Healthcare Corporation | Green Team Development

    By: HHI Admin

    In 2012, Tenet Healthcare Corporation started working on a systematic approach to implement sustainability initiatives across its 49 hospitals.  These hospitals were at varying levels of engagement in sustainability, and Tenet saw an opportunity to standardize sustainability management practices across the system while permitting each hospital to identify its sustainability goals.

    Tenet developed a Sustainability Advisory Council with representatives from each of its four regions who were charged with driving Tenet’s sustainability initiatives.  Tenant also formed hospital Green...

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