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  • Mar
    12
    2014

    Harnessing the Power of Sustainability

    By: HHI Admin
    Lola Butcher TrusteeMag.com

     

    Hospitals are taking advantage of low-cost high-impact ways to reduce energy expenses.

    When Rey Tuazon analyzes electricity and gas bills for Adventist Midwest Health, a four-hospital system serving the western suburbs of Chicago, he is just as valuable to the organization as is a busy...

  • Mar
    10
    2014

    Greening the operating room

    By: HHI Admin

    March 10, 2014

    Lauren Dubinsky

    Like other areas of health care, there is no denying that the operating room is in need of some greening. Health care facilities produce more than 6,600 tons of waste per day and nearly 5 billion pounds annually. The operating room and labor-and-delivery suites make up 70 percent of that waste. 

    Over the past decade, more hospitals have been making conscious efforts to go green, with many hospitals spearheading their own initiatives to drive down medical waste and operating costs. In 2010, a nonprofit organization called Practice...

  • Feb
    27
    2014

    Massachusetts Hospital Association Becomes a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: Christina Quint

    For Immediate Release: February 20, 2014

    Contact:         Sherry MacDonald                             Contact:         Catherine Bromberg

                            (703) 870-7494                                                           781-262-6027

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org                      cbromberg@mhalink.org

    Massachusetts Hospital Association Becomes a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    Promotes green stewardship in the areas of leaner energy and healthier...

  • Feb
    13
    2014

    Illinois Hospital Association Signs on as Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    For Immediate Release: February 13, 2014

    Contact:         Sherry MacDonald                                         Danny Chun

                            (703) 870-7494                                             (630) 276-5558

                            smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org        dchun@ihastaff.org                 

    RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) has become a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a collaborative of leading health care institutions...

  • Feb
    12
    2014

    10 reasons health care needs sustainability treatments

    By: HHI Admin
    Janet Howard GreenBiz.com February 12, 2014 Imagine a space where you feel good. Muscles relax, breathing is deeper. There is a natural feeling of gratitude and calm. Does this space lead to more positive interactions with others? Does it bring out the best in you? Hospitals have a mission to help the elderly and the weak, but don't always walk the walk. Cancer is treated, but hazardous chemicals are found in cleaning products and furniture. Heart conditions are taken care of, but French fries and burgers are served in the cafeteria. There's a global climate-change crisis, yet hospitals are...
  • Feb
    10
    2014

    HCWH U.S. is Now Hiring!

    By: HHI Admin

    Health Care Without Harm is seeking a dynamic professional to join our outreach team for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. The successful candidate will focus on hospital enrollment in the initiative. This position will be responsible for the outreach and engagement of potential HHI enrollees, acting as a key point of contact for potential enrollees from initial contact through enrollment.

    The complete job announcement is available below.  Applications should be submitted to jobs@hcwh.org.

    View full announcement here 

     

  • Jan
    31
    2014

    Greening the OR reduces waste by raising awareness

    By: HHI Admin

    Health Facilities Management Magazine

    January 2014

    The operating room (OR) generates an estimated 42 percent of a hospital's revenue, but it's also the source of 20 to 30 percent of a hospital's total waste volume despite its relatively small footprint, according to a study by the McKesson Group.

    A few years ago Practice...

  • Jan
    27
    2014

    Healthier healthcare program grows to 837 hospitals

    By: HHI Admin
    By Doug Smock Published: January 27th, 2014 Plastics Today   The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), which was launched in 2010 by twelve hospital systems, is rapidly growing as healthcare organizations buy into the goals to boost sustainability, improve purchasing practices, and lower energy costs. "We currently have 837 hospitals enrolled, and more enrolling every week!" HHI's Sherry McDonald told Plastics Today.   More than one-quarter of the group's members are targeting safer chemicals. The focus on phthalate plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride has continued to expand, while a few also...
  • Jan
    27
    2014

    What Green Purchasing Can Do For You: A solution to better care, less waste and more cost savings

    By: HHI Admin
    Laura Wegner Healthcare Executive Insight January 27, 2014   As the reform process intensifies, the health care landscape continues to shift. Hospital executives today face heightened challenges to simultaneously change the way health care is delivered and control spending. 

    Many health care executives are rethinking purchasing programs to help streamline and save-but few understand the financial benefits of looking at purchasing and ownership of the product in its entirety. 

    Green Purchasing: Key to Cost Savings 
    Environmentally preferable purchasing is a powerful...
  • Jan
    21
    2014

    Success Story: Healthcare Association Collaboration Aims to Reduce HAIs Through Small Actions

    By: HHI Admin
    By Peter Holbrook Published January 15, 2014 Infection Control Today   Healthcare professionals around the country are rallying to reduce infection rates by promoting sustained behaviors, fostering a shared sense of purpose and empowering individuals to make a difference at every level of care. The new initiative, called OneTogether: The Power of Small Actions, aims to reduce the incidence of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) by increasing awareness of how the small, individual actions of every healthcare worker can have a profound influence on patient health and safety. While no one can...

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