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
    11
    2013

    The Ottawa Hospital | Engaging Employees in Energy Savings

    By: HHI Admin

    The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) has a strong focus on energy management as part of its goal to provide a healthy environment for patients, staff and community through cost-effective sustainable initiatives. In 2012, TOH enrolled in HHI’s Leaner Energy Challenge to highlight and share these energy accomplishments, and to identify additional best practices.

    In 2005, TOH had an on-site energy plant but it was under pressure to reduce costs and improve efficiency.  Faced with an aging infrastructure, the engineering team hired a firm to implement a new $18MM Energy Service Contract that...

  • Sep
    11
    2013

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center | Green Cleaning

    By: HHI Admin

    University of California San Francisco Medical Center recognizes the importance of making evidence-based decisions related to its environmental initiatives.  So when the opportunity to participate in a 2012 study focusing on the link between sterilants, disinfectants and adverse health effects in health care workers, UCSF Medical Center was eager to contribute its experience and expertise.  As a result of the study, UCSF realized that harsh cleaners were impacting the air quality and worker safety, and set a goal of standardizing chemical use and transitioning to safer, healthier cleaners...

  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Union Hospital | Focus on Sustainable Foods

    By: HHI Admin

    Union Hospital adopted a Healthy Foods Program to achieve a sustainable and healthier environment for its community. It has adopted practices that have helped to achieve its sustainable food goals, including using seasonal menus to take advantage of cost savings, reducing the amount of meat purchased to reduce costs, and replacing higher-cost prepared and processed foods with fresh, whole ingredients.  

    In 2012, Union converted its kitchen to nearly 100 percent from-scratch cooking, eliminating processed foods, trans fats and artificial flavorings.  This increased kitchen teamwork,...

  • Sep
    11
    2013

    University Hospitals Health System | RMW Reduction

    By: HHI Admin

    Since 2008, University Hospitals Health System (UH) has been working to reduce regulated medical waste (RMW) it produced.  In 2008 and 2011, red bag audits were conducted in five clinical divisions at UH Case Medical Center and UH Ahuja Medical Center by representatives from the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Services, Pediatrics and Nursing. These audits indicated that the amount of RMW was significantly higher than need be. The organization launched an educational campaign complete with a “red bag toolkit.” 

    In 2012, UH partnered with a consulting firm to develop and...

  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Vidant Hospitals | Green Council for Engaged Leadership

    By: HHI Admin

    Vidant Chowan and Vidant Bertie Hospitals have made great progress enrolled in all six HHI Challenge Areas.  The support of their shared Administration and Green Council has made their 2012 sustainability accomplishments possible. After several months of meetings with administrators and employees, Vidant Chowan and Bertie Hospitals’ Green Council was launched in October 2011. It evolved into one small Green Council responsible for both hospitals borrowing heavily from HHI for its structure, reporting to the Director of Clinical and Support Services as its Executive Sponsor, and identifying...

  • Sep
    9
    2013

    Beaumont Health System | Committing to Green Chemicals

    By: HHI Admin
    Beaumont Health System has several programs that support all six HHI Challenges, while Beaumont's Green Team works to set measurable goals to work towards achieving all these challenges. Beaumont’s Healthy Interiors is an example of a successful collaboration between a hospitals and business partner contributes to a healthier hospital environment. After enrolling in HHI, Beaumont reached out to its business partner Haworth to discuss how they could meet the requirements of the Safer Chemical Healthy Interior Challenge.  Haworth helped Beaumont benchmark its current furniture purchases with an...
  • Jul
    8
    2013

    The White House Honors Jeff Thompson, Champion of Change

    Jeff Thompson
    By: Janet Brown

    Janet: Jeff, congratulations on receiving the White House Champion of Change Award! How does it feel to be recognized for your leadership in climate change?

    Jeff: It is a great honor for Gundersen Health System and our many community partners.  To be recognized for our work in environmental stewardship. This isn’t something any one person or one healthcare organization can achieve alone. It takes a thoughtful Board focused on the future, as well as cooperative efforts with businesses and governments. In addition, the organization used to look in the mirror, accept responsibility for...

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