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  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Moms, Nurses Laud New EPA Carbon Pollution Plan: 'Ultimately, It Will Save Lives'

    By: HHI Admin

    Katie Valentine

    June 9, 2014

    ThinkProgress

    CREDIT: Moms Clean Air Force/Flickr

    There are days in the summer when pollution levels are so high that Wendy Bredhold’s two-year-old daughter can’t play outside.

    That’s not surprising, given that Bredhold’s town of in Evansville, Indiana sits within 62 miles of 17 coal-fired power plants. The town’s proximity to the power plants doesn’t impact life on a day-to-day basis, Bredhold said, but when the weather gets warm, high air particulate levels mean that children, the elderly and people with respiratory...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Illinois Becomes First State To Ban Microbeads

    By: HHI Admin

    June 8, 2014

    Inquisitr.com

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Sunday that made his state the first to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing mircobeads, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Synthetic plastic microbeads are commonly added to soaps and cosmetics by manufacturers who claim that they help to exfoliate the skin. Environmental groups, however, have raised concerns that microbeads could pollute waterways. The non-biodegradable plastic particles can slip through sewage filters and build up in waterways, where they can be...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Globe serves up shot in the arm, attracting medical meetings to city

    By: HHI Admin

    Judy Stringer

    May 25, 2014

    Crain's Cleveland Business

    PHOTO COURTESY CLEVELAND CONVENTION CENTER--Cleveland's strong biomedical presence made it a logical home for something like the Global Center, which will have four floors featuring the latest in health care products, services and technology.

    For years, it was called the “Medical Mart.” More recently, locals have dubbed it the “Globe.” 

    No matter its nickname, the city's sparkly new Global Center for Health Innovation is serving up a healthy dose of medical meeting interest and acting as a...

  • Jun
    11
    2014

    Making a Scary Future Without Antibiotics Real

    By: Christina Quint

    David Wallinga, M.D.

    June 4th, 2014

    Huffington Post

    Last year, 17 percent of Americans were given antibiotics. We take for granted that they will work. We forget that before antibiotics were first developed, in the 1940s, even routine infections could be scary, and potentially life-threatening.

    ...
  • Jun
    3
    2014

    Health Care Without Harm Honors 2014 Award Winners at CleanMed Conference

    By: HHI Admin

    Award Winners Honored for Commitment to Environment and Health

    Cleveland, OH – This week Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) honors five outstanding individuals who have contributed to the development of sustainable health care. The annual awards are bestowed at CleanMed, a major health care sustainability conference co-hosted by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenheath. This year’s event is taking place in Cleveland, OH, June 2-5.

    Award recipients include:

    Environmental Health Hero Award: 
    Dr. Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM - University of Illinois...

  • Jun
    2
    2014

    Better hospital food: Lee Memorial steps up use of locally grown produce

    By: Christina Quint

    May 31, 2014

    Pharmacy Choice 

     Lee Memorial Health System officials are walking the walk, putting fresh greens where their mouths are and promoting good nutrition by example.

    The public hospital system has been ramping up its emphasis on fresh produce supplied by local growers in its meal service. It also is striving to offer more organic choices for patients and medical...

  • May
    21
    2014

    Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

    By: HHI Admin

    Kiley Kroh

    May 13, 2014

    Think Progress


    Wind turbines and transmission lines in Nauen near Berlin, Germany. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/FERDINAND OSTROP On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables...
  • May
    21
    2014

    The Case for Health Care to Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

    By: Gary Cohen
    HCWH Blog  Gary Cohen May 20, 2014

    The health care sector is a massive consumer of energy. Its use of advanced medical technology and the 24/7 nature of hospitals make them the second most intensive user of energy in the economy. An average hospital uses twice as much energy per square foot as a typical office building. And because hospitals rely on the electrical grid just as much as we do, they are just as reliant on fossil fuels to power their facilities, as we are to power our schools and homes and office buildings.

    So why should the health care sector bear any more...

  • May
    20
    2014

    First Do No Harm: Why Sustainable Healthcare Needs You

    By: HHI Admin

    Brenna Davis

    CSR Wire

    May 16, 2014

    With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, health care has taken the spotlight around the globe. Our industry is being driven by a mandate for high quality care at the lowest cost.   At Virginia Mason, we are well positioned to thrive in this new era, having been on a path to transform health care since 2002. For instance, we were the first health care organization in the U.S. to adapt principles of the Toyota Production System to remove waste, improve quality and safety, and lower costs.   As a recent Talkback post by Johnson &...
  • May
    7
    2014

    Going Green with Waste Saves Dough

    By: Christina Quint

    Healthcare Finance News

    Rodney J. Moore

    May 6, 2014

    In hospitals and health systems, it pays to recycle.

    Hospitals and health systems generate a huge amount of waste each year – by Practice Greenhealth’s estimate, 5.9...

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