Mar172016By: Christina Quint
Jamie MorganHas 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...
March 16, 2016
Health Facilites Management
Feb42016By: Kevin Conway
Jan262016By: 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...
Jan252016By: Christina QuintAs 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...
Jan142016By: HHI Admin
Jess WhiteHospitals 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)
January 14, 2016
Healthcare & Business Technology
Jan142016By: HHI AdminGundersen 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).
Jan122016By: HHI Admin
Eliza BarclayEvery 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...
January 12, 2016
Nov182015By: 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.
Nov182015By: HHI Admin
Beth EcklAccording 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)
Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Magazine
Nov182015By: HHI Admin
Paul BarrThat’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...
November 18, 2015
Hospitals & Health Networks