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  • Sep
    15
    2014

    3 Tips for Transforming Hospital Food Into Something More Sustainable

    By: Christina Quint
    Deborah Fleischer    Tuesday August 19th, 2014   TriplePundit  

    The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is world renowned for its cutting-edge research and medical care. It is also a leader in sustainability, modeling healthy, sustainable food choices for patients, staff and visitors. In the recent 2014 townhall (see minute 21.20), an attendee asked University of California Office of the President (UCOP) President Janet Napolitano about UCOP’s sustainable food initiative,...

  • Sep
    15
    2014

    Solar panels equal the electricity use of 1,200 homes with more capacity planned

    By: Christina Quint
    Healthcare Finance News   September 10, 2014 Solar power is not new to Kaiser Permanente, but the California-based health system is planning to ramp up its usage. In July, Kaiser Permanente announced a program to install on-site solar at over 100 hospitals. It installed solar panels at 13 locations in 2011, including hospitals, medical offices and a distribution center. With a generation capacity of 11.3 megawatts, these arrays generated 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in 2013 – equivalent to the electricity use of about 1, 200 average American homes each year. Kaiser...
  • Sep
    8
    2014

    D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies

    By: Christina Quint
    CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS   SEPT. 8, 2014   NEW YORK TIMES   Steel boxes made by MedReturn are being used to get prescribed drugs off the streets. Credit Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies. The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under the new regulation, patients and their relatives will also be...
  • Aug
    26
    2014

    Why hospital CEOs are thinking about the air conditioning bill

    By: Christina Quint

    Crain's Chicago Business

    August 26, 2014

    As Advocate Health Care moves ahead on a $92 million expansion of Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill, it’s primarily concerned with adding three stories of private patient rooms. But it’s also focusing on the air conditioning system.

    In an industry being pushed to reduce everything from overnight stays to nursing staffs, energy efficiency is a largely untapped area for cutting costs, experts say.

    It’s more than just switching out old light bulbs. NorthShore University HealthSystem is overhauling operating...

  • Aug
    6
    2014

    Healthier Hospitals Initiative's 2013 Milestone Report Shows Sustainability Trends Catching on Among U.S. Hospitals

    By: HHI Admin

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2014

     

    Contact: Rose King, 503.863.1363, rose@brinkcomm.com

    Local and sustainable food procurement on the rise, along with healthy beverages, PVC/DEHP-free products and single-use medical device reprocessing 

    (Reston, Va.)—Today, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) released its 2013 Milestone Report, which shows that more leading hospitals are adopting innovative sustainability practices to reduce their environmental footprint, lower costs and improve the health of patients and staff.

    Launched in April...

  • Aug
    5
    2014

    Health systems urged to divest fossil-fuel stocks as UK doctors act

    By: HHI Admin

    By Bob Herman

    August 2, 2014

    Modern Healthcare

    A March editorial in BMJ, the British Medical Association's journal, said that the science of global warming is undeniable and that climate change is “the greatest threat to human health of the 21st century.” 

    The authors, who are physicians and public health advocates, urged healthcare organizations to sell their investment holdings in companies involved in the extraction and production of coal, oil and gas “completely and as quickly as possible.”

    “Those who profess to care for the health of people...

  • Aug
    1
    2014

    Clean Power Plan draws all kinds to testify before EPA

    By: HHI Admin
    The Colorado Independent Tessa Cheek July 30, 2014

    BY NOON on Tuesday it’s blisteringly bright in downtown Denver and the children of Climate Parents are squinting while they toss around miniature inflatable globes. A prop plane roars low overhead, collecting air quality samples.

    “That plane only underscores why I’m here today. Carbon pollution is the public health threat of our time,” said Julie Moyle, a nurse with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Minutes out from testifying in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan, Moyle was about to join...

  • Jul
    29
    2014

    BCH recycling need leads to partnership with disabled workers

    By: Christina Quint

    Cindy Sutter

    07/29/2014 

    Daily Camera

    Kai Abelkis was working on a tough problem.

    As sustainability coordinator of Boulder Community Health, he is working to reach zero waste in the Boulder hospitals. The job is complex, finding solutions to the waste problems that hoteliers and food service providers face. And then there's the medical stuff, much of which is not the hazardous material most people imagine but, rather, packaging for instruments and all the various items used in medical care.

    The problem was particularly acute in operating rooms, where...

  • Jul
    24
    2014

    Michigan Health & Hospital Association sets goal to enroll Michigan Hospitals in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    For Immediate Release: July 24, 2014

    Contact:         Sherry MacDonald                                        

                            (703) 870-7494                                              

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org         

    Michigan Health & Hospital Association sets goal to enroll Michigan Hospitals in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    Reaches milestone of 50 hospitals enrolled in the state.

    RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the...

  • Jul
    19
    2014

    Health Professionals Call on FDA Commissioner to Reduce Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture

    By: HHI Admin

    Press Release posted on July 16, 2014
    Contact: Benn Grover

    More than 800 health professionals have signed a petition to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling for leadership on the growing antibiotic resistance crisis. Delivered to Commissioner Hamburg on July 16th, the petition recommends the FDA reduce the overuse and misuse...

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