Join Christopher Bodkin to ask questions for all things data! Learn how to navigate and enter data on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) extranet and set up viewing rights with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Learn about all the new updates to the Healthier Hospitals Program!
Recorded Webinars and Sharing Calls
Join Christopher Bodkin and Beth Eckl to learn about the updates to the Smarter Purchasing challenge, and then to ask questions for all things data! Learn how to navigate and enter data on the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) extranet and set up viewing rights with Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
- Understand the data submission requirements for HHI challenges
- Review data collection and submission details to meet the goals of Healthier Hospitals
- Learn how to share data from Energy Star Portfolio Manager with Healthier Hospitals
- Access Christopher Bodkin, HH’s Data Entry Coordinator, for any and all data related questions!
This monthly sharing call is hosted on the third Thursday of every month, from 2-3pm eastern.
Christopher Bodkin, Data Entry Coordinator, HH
On Dec. 18, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) announced its organizational support of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI). HHI is a national campaign aimed at: leading change in health care by embedding sustainability into the culture and daily operations for the improved health of patients, staff and the community; reducing the environmental impact by the sector; and promoting fiscal savings that reduce the overall national health care costs through better public health.
Join us on March 20 at 12 p.m., ET for an introductory webinar to learn more about the initiative and how FHA members can get involved. The webinar is free for FHA members. All interested individuals and green teams are encouraged to attend.
- Understand why Sustainability is important to Health Care.
- Understand what HHI is and how to use it as a framework at your hospital.
- Review the details of each challenge and examples of how hospitals have successfully implemented each challenge.
- Understand the resources of HHI and how to enroll in this free initiative.
- Discuss the goals of the FHA HHI partnership.
Everyone knows healthcare can be a messy business – with hospitals generating approximately 5.9 million tons of waste every year destined for landfills, incineration, or other environmentally harmful treatment options. What might not be so obvious is that the various waste streams within a healthcare can be very costly – with the average hospital spending lots of money on waste disposal each year. As hospitals look to identify cost-savings, one are for constant education is around regulated medical waste. Many hospitals currently throw much of their waste in the regulated medical waste (RMW) stream, despite being non-infectious. RMW is much more expensive – and harsher on the environment. Hospitals that have implemented an education, minimization and segregation program have seen significant cost savings and a reduction in overall waste.
Learn how Johns Hopkins Health System has used the HHI as a scorecard to establish measurable goals for sustainability improvements, and through a focused effort to reduce its regulated medical waste stream, was able to reduce RMW by over 50%, in the first six months!
- Describe the different waste streams and types in healthcare organizations
- Delineate opportunities to reduce waste and engage multiple stakeholders across the organization
- Discuss strategies for successful implementation of recycling and regulated medical waste minimization programs
- Highlight Johns Hopkins Health System case study, cost savings, successes and lessons learned
Hospitals generate vast amounts of waste , and spend valuable financial resources on the environmentally harmful disposal of these varied waste categories. Construction and demolition debris recycling is a unique waste category, in that it is composed of bulky material generated during building construction and renovations, and adds considerable volumes and weight to total facility waste data. Hospitals have increasingly found that by planning ahead, writing C&D recycling into contracting, and through education and tracking, this waste stream can be managed successfully. This HHI level challenges participants to implement a construction and demolition debris recycling program for major renovations and new construction to achieve a recycling and diversion rate of at least 80 percent. Join this webinar to learn more about these strategies to reduce waste, and how other organizations have achieved this goal!
Join us for a step by step on how to specify for reuse or recycling of construction and demolition debris from significant construction and renovation projects at your facility. Learn how to track this material and submit data on the IHI extranet site.
Janet Brown, HHI Director of Content and Outreach
Two for One Sharing Call!
Join us for a step by step on tracking materials and wastes that are diverted from the waste stream to achieve the recycling goals of HHI and submit data through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Extranet Site. Get credit for recycling. We will also cover a step by step on tracking your facility’s generation of Regulated Medical Waste and submitting data to the IHI extranet site.
Janet Brown, HHI Director of Content and Outreach
Join us for a step by step to material and waste data collection. Learn how to set up a system to continuously track the pounds and costs of the major waste streams: Regulated Medical Waste or RMW, Solid Waste, Recycling and Hazardous Materials. The call will review the definitions of materials and waste streams, how to track and some tips and tricks for cost saving success.
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View archived sharing call (presentation begins at 2:37 mark)
This presentation covers the following special areas: HIPPA, confidential paper recycling, bin size issues, fire codes, OR & procedure room recycling, pill bottles, labels, needles, medical products, plastics, education, hazardous waste, electronic waste, reusable waste, cafeterias.
- Discover what materials other hospitals are recycling.
- Discover which recycled materials have special concerns.
- Learn how to manage those special concerns.
- Learn about targeted education techniques.
Christine von Kolnitz Cooley, Sustainability Manager, Medical University of South Carolina
Presented by Health Care Without Harm and The Commonwealth Fund
This one-hour webinar draws on the findings of a recent Health Care Without Harm Research Collaborative/ Commonwealth Fund study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?”, which shows that savings from interventions to reduce energy use and waste, and achieve operating room supply efficiencies could exceed $5.4 billion over five years and $15 billion over 10 years for the health care sector. In addition to detailing the study findings, the webinar includes presentations from two health systems about why they chose to focus on sustainability and what challenges and rewards are in store.
- Susan Kaplan, J.D., research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
- Sister Susan Vickers, R.S.M., vice president of Community Health, Dignity Health
- J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System
- Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D., M.Sc., vice president for Health Care Quality and Efficiency at The Commonwealth Fund