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  • Mar
    17
    2016

    Four ways the physical environment can help improve health care

    By: Christina Quint

    Jamie Morgan
    March 16, 2016
    Health Facilites Management

    Has the increased focus on patient safety impacted your role during the past year?   Patient Safety Awareness Week isn’t just for medical staff. Everyone who works in a health care facility, from the receptionist to the CEO, knows that patient safety has to be woven into every department to be effective.   In fact, this issue was the focus of our 2015 trends report “The Front Lines of Patient Safety,” in which we addressed the many ways design and construction, environmental services, engineering and supply chain...
  • Feb
    4
    2016

    Healthier Hospitals 2015 Data Submission Requirements

    By: Kevin Conway

    It is that time again! The Healthier Hospitals program is requesting that you enter your 2015 sustainability data into the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Extranet and ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager by no later than Friday March 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

    The Healthier Hospitals program has gathered data from more than 1,000 hospitals in the United States and Canada and seeks to build an...

  • Jan
    26
    2016

    Furniture Companies Release Lists of Environmentally Preferable Products

    By: HHI Admin

    [Reston, VA] Eleven furniture manufacturers and two textile suppliers have publicly released lists of products that avoid the use of chemicals linked to negative health and environmental impacts. The release of these lists makes it easy for hospitals to identify, compare, and select furniture that meets their sustainability standards. Broadly, the availability of this resource demonstrates the commitment of the market to move away from products containing chemicals...

  • Jan
    25
    2016

    Healthier Hospitals Announces Final Updates

    By: Christina Quint
    As Practice Greenhealth members are likely aware, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative was a powerful movement to join together over specific environmental improvement activities and gather the aggregate data. As the new Healthier Hospitals becomes a permanent program of Practice Greenhealth, complete with a new logo, each challenge area has been evaluated, refreshed and rolled out over the past six months, culminating with Engaged Leadership, which released in January 2016.
      Across the board, challenge baselines were also removed as analysis revealed that these were often skipped. Many...
  • Jan
    14
    2016

    More hospitals purchasing antibiotic-free meat

    By: HHI Admin

    Jess White
    January 14, 2016
    Healthcare & Business Technology

    Hospitals have been tasked with limiting their antibiotic use because of the development of drug-resistant superbugs. While most facilities just cut back on prescriptions, some hospitals have gone the extra mile to expose patients to even fewer antibiotics by making changes with the meat they serve...(Continue reading)
  • Jan
    14
    2016

    Gundersen shows global impact with environmental honor

    By: HHI Admin
    Gundersen Health System is among an international group of healthcare champions recognized for simultaneously taking care of patients and the environment, while reducing costs.   Global Green and Healthy Hospitals honored Gundersen for its work in energy reduction and renewable energy at the first annual Climate Champion Awards. A part of the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, the awards were announced and presented Dec. 4 at the Conference on Climate Change and Health Care in Paris, France, held parallel to the United Nations' Conference on Climate Change (COP21).
  • Jan
    12
    2016

    More Hospitals Are Ditching Antibiotics In The Meat They Serve

    By: HHI Admin

    Eliza Barclay
    January 12, 2016
    NPR

    Every year some 2 million Americans get infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 of them die from these superbugs.   Superbugs are mostly a hospital problem: They're where these pathogens are often born and spread, and where the infected come for help. But hospitals are not where the majority of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used.   Food and Drug Administration data show that 62 percent of antibiotics important for human health are sold to food animal producers and used on farms. And in December, the agency noted that...
  • Nov
    18
    2015

    Conversations On Health Care

    By: HHI Admin

    Gary Cohen, Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm
    November 1, 2015

    Hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Gary Cohen, 2015 MacArthur Fellow and Founder and President of Health Care Without Harm. His work is focused on motivating the health care industry to "do no harm" by reducing the use of toxic materials and fossil fuels to positively impact climate change.

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  • Nov
    18
    2015

    AHRMM Supply Chain Strategies

    By: HHI Admin

    Beth Eckl
    Fall 2015
    Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Magazine

    According to a recent Johnson & Johnson survey of nearly 300 healthcare professionals, many in our industry (41 percent) said they felt the healthcare sector was doing poorly at purchasing greener products and services. And yet an overwhelming majority respondents--93 percent--said they believed that waste-reduction strategies benefit their facilities, particularly in operating rooms and cafeterias.   Continue reading (Download PDF)
  • Nov
    18
    2015

    EPA Seeks Input on Drug Flushing Ban

    By: HHI Admin

    Paul Barr
    November 18, 2015
    Hospitals & Health Networks

    That’s the message behind a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would ban health care facilities from disposing of hazardous pharmaceuticals by flushing them.   It might have surprised some people that the EPA allows it all, but for those hospitals and other health care facilities currently using the disposal method, significant changes may be required if the rule is enacted.   The EPA estimates that the proposal is projected to prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous...

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