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!

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Vanguard Health Systems | Focusing on Sustainable Foods

    By: HHI Admin

    Vanguard Health Systems has developed sustainability programs focused on environmental conservation as a preventative health measure, with the impacts intended to create healthier patients, staff and communities.  In addition to reducing waste, conserving energy and managing purchasing, Vanguard has  made a strong commitment to environmental and human health through sustainable and healthy foods.

    A variety of Healthy food and beverage programs have been implemented in Vanguard hospitals nationwide.  One example is illustrated through a program at Vanguard’s MetroWest Medical Center...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    HCA | A Standardized Approach to Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling

    By: HHI Admin

    With renovations and construction constantly underway at Hospital Corporation of America's approximate 160 acute care facilities located in 22 states, the diversion of construction and demolition waste from landfills offered an opportunity for big impact by adopting a standardized approach to Construction and Demolition waste management.  

    HCA’s project management team developed C&D Debris Recycling specification language in line with the HHI'sgoals and included it all significant renovation and new construction projects.  While markets for the recycled debris vary regionally,...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    CHI's Franciscan Health System | SUD Reprocessing Results in Big Savings

    By: HHI Admin

    Catholic Health Initiatives’ (CHI) Franciscan Health System (FHS) is an excellent example of the successful roll out a single-use medical device (SUD) reprocessing program. Although CHI has many environmentally sustainable programs designed to reduce costs and provide a healthier environment for patients, staff and visitors, its SUD program has one of the largest financial impacts. Almost all CHI facilities use some degree of reprocessing and to CHI is on track to save $8M annually.

    As part of CHI’s success story, FHS has reprocessed single-use medical devices since the 1980’s with...

  • Sep
    12
    2013

    Inova Health System | Stopping Waste Before it Begins

    By: HHI Admin

    Inova Health System’s sustainability goal has shifted from managing waste to preventing waste from being created.  By targeting the products and services it was purchasing, Inova was able to minimize financial and physical waste throughout its supply chain. 

    One area of opportunity was Inova's operating rooms (ORs) a resource- and waste-intensive area in every hospital.  In 2012, Inova formed a team of OR Directors from its five hospitals to review their OR packs or kits , with a goal of reducing waste and standardizing the purchasing process.

    Before OR kit reformulation and...

  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Yale-New Haven Hospital | Sustainable Leadership Through WorkSMART Team

    By: HHI Admin

    Yale-New Haven Hospital’s (YNHH) WorkSMART Committee is an innovative, employee-driven program to help the hospital manage its environmental impacts. Originally created in 2009, YNHH's WorkSMART program has continuously evolved.  In 2011, YNHH realized its responsibility to pursue environmentally sustainable solutions, the WorkSMART structure was expanded to include two Subcommittees: the Employee Engagement Subcommittee and the Waste Reduction, Efficiency and Sustainability Subcommittee (overseeing Operating Room reprocessing, waste reduction, printing and paper reduction, courier...

  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Engaging Employees in SUD Reprocessing

    By: HHI Admin
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) single-use device (SUD) reprocessing program helps the organization tackle HHI’s Smarter Purchasing Challenge while also reducing medical waste, and associated costs.     To launch this effort, required countless meetings, several committees and many staff involved in the process..  A decision was made to implement the program in one of two BIDMC's campuses to make front-end coordination easier during the first year.  To help counteract the effects of previous negative experiences with SUD reprocessing, the hospital’s team worked with its vendor...
  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian | Greening the OR

    By: HHI Admin
    Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian took on the challenge of reformulating its Operating Room packs (kits) after its current surgical pack vendor decided to significantly increase pricing.  Hoag’s Supply Chain Team put out a request for proposals to three other vendors, and after several reviews and a site visit by Hoag’s Supply Chain and OR Management teams, identified Professional Hospital Supply as an ideal partner.   New prototype packs were assembled based on the previous vendor’s component list for each pack, and these prototypes were then delivered to Hoag for live reviews with each...
  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Portland VA Medical Center | Waste Reduction Pays Off

    By: HHI Admin
    Portland VA Medical Center (PAVMC) realized that many products were being taken from locked sterile supply cabinets and unintentionally wasted since, once removed, they could not be put back – even the unopened, unused supplies.  Some items were being recycled, but many were being placed in the trash or red bag waste streams due to risks related to infection control.     Inspiration struck PAVMC’s Intensive Care Unit team when staff members realized how much waste and recycling was leaving just one patient room after discharge. A group of ICU nurses decided to re-examine the contents of their...
  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Poudre Valley Hospital | Energy Reduction through Employee Engagement

    By: HHI Admin
    When Poudre Valley Hospital enrolled in HHI’s Leaner Energy Challenge, it recognized that in it needed to target behind-the-scenes operational changes such as retro-commissioning and lighting improvements, as well as to include  employees in itsits conservation efforts.  University of Colorado Health North  of which PVH is a part, rolled out their Energy Reduction Challenge in 2012 as a six-week employee engagement initiative designed to help employees understand and curb their individual energy use.     The UCH North Green Team worked with its utilities provider’s Outreach and Education...
  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Rady Children's Hospital | Campaign Encourages Drinking Healthy Beverages

    By: HHI Admin

    In 2012, Rady Children’s Hospital’s greatest achievement was an initiative to reduce sales of sugar sweetened beverages and to educate their patients, staff and visitors about healthy beverage choices.  To achieve this objective, Rady embarked on a three-month planning period that involved researching case studies nationwide, conducting an employee survey, and forming a multi-disciplinary advisory group and smaller work team to collect baseline data.  This effort included rekeying the cash registers and retraining food service cashiers.

    Based on its findings, Rady tailored a “...

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