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  • Jan
    15
    2015

    First Marine Stewardship Council Certification in Health Care

    By: HHI Admin
    Brenna Davis January 15, 2015 CSR Wire   Hospital food doesn’t have the best reputation for freshness, taste and sustainability. Virginia Mason is changing all of that. We announced recently that we are the first hospital in the United States to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for our commitment to serving seafood grown and harvested by certified, environmentally sustainable methods.   In addition to MSC seafood, we also serve locally grown organic produce, local grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free chicken, cage-free eggs and rBGH-free dairy products. We bring fresh produce...
  • Jan
    14
    2015

    Yakima Memorial promoting healthy habits by joining national initiative

    By: HHI Admin
    Molly Rosbach Yakima Herald January 14, 2015   New guidelines for patient meals, different options in the hospital’s popular cafeteria, and everywhere, a small green logo labeling which choices are the healthy ones. “Healthy choices, healthy Yakima,” it reads.   “We really need to provide employees, the community, patients’ families, people that visit the hospital, the opportunity to really have access to healthier options, to make the healthy option the easy option, and really to provide them the support they need to make those changes in their life,” said Bertha Lopez, community education...
  • Jan
    9
    2015

    Head and Heart: A Data Prescription for Healthcare Sustainability Leadership

    By: HHI Admin
    Andrea Learned  January 9, 2015 CSR Wire   “Our job is to “first do no harm,’ so addressing climate change as part of keeping people healthy and safe could be interpreted as being in the Hippocratic Oath” That was one of the first points Brenna Davis, Virginia Mason Health System’s Director of Sustainability made clear when we spoke recently. So, it should be no surprise that her rigorous, data driven approach is leading an empathy-focused business, if not the entire healthcare industry, to major change. Continue reading
  • Jan
    8
    2015

    The Future of Hospital Food

    By: HHI Admin

    January 08, 2015

    Sean Ruck , Editor-In-Chief

    This first appeared in the January 2015 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News

    Janet Howard is the director of facility engagement at Practice Greenhealth, a non-profit with the mission to improve the health of health care, both by creating a healthier environment for patients and professionals and by creating an overall healthier planet through educational efforts and best practices. HCBN spoke with Howard to get some more information on what the organization’s educating hospitals about in regard to food. 

    HCBN:...

  • Jan
    7
    2015
  • Jan
    7
    2015

    Resilient Health Care Design

    By: HHI Admin

    Amy Eagle

    January 7, 2015

    Health Facilities Management

    When catastrophe strikes, one service a community can’t lose is the hospital. Health care organizations must continue to operate in a crisis. This is a matter of patient safety, business continuity and public service, says Doug Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, chair of the Health Guidelines Revision Committee, which oversees the Guidelines...

  • Jan
    6
    2015

    American Lung Association in CA launches Doctors for Climate Health Campaign

    By: HHI Admin

      New #climatehealth initiative supports strong clean air and climate standards   Today, the American Lung Association in California launched the “Doctors for Climate Health” campaign to highlight the medical and health community’s call for continued action to fight air pollution and climate change.     “Climate change is one of the greatest public health threats of our time and California’s ground-breaking climate protection law (known as AB 32) is among the most significant laws we have to clean the air and improve health. Physicians are on the front lines taking care of patients...
  • Jan
    5
    2015

    Gundersen Health System Implements Medication Disposal Containers for Public Drop-off

    By: HHI Admin

    News Release

    For immediate release

    January 5, 2015

     

    Gundersen installs medication disposal containers for public drop off

    Gundersen Health System is building upon its successful pharmaceutical waste collection program with separate medication disposal containers for public use.

    Gundersen is providing three medication drop boxes for patient, visitor and employee use. The boxes are located in the following areas on Gundersen campuses during normal Pharmacy business hours:

    Gundersen La Crosse Clinic Pharmacy Gundersen East Building...
  • Jan
    1
    2015

    Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind

    By: HHI Admin
    Jeff McMahon January 1, 2015 Forbes   Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.   Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere in between, offering some benefits over traditional fuels but more “harms” than solar and wind, said Harvard Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere during a December appearance at the University of Chicago.   “Americans want to move away from coal, oil...
  • Dec
    31
    2014

    Why 2015 Will Be the Year of Solar Energy

    By: HHI Admin
    Travis Hoium December 31, 2014 Daily Finance Whether you realize it or not, solar energy is becoming a more and more important part of our energy future. In 2013, 29 percent of new electricity-generating capacity in the U.S. was solar energy, and so far in 2014, 36 percent of new capacity is solar.

    Falling costs and improving technology will drive wider adoption, and 2015 could be a tipping point, bringing the solar industry to new parts of the country.

    The Year Solar Caught On in the U.S.

    2014 has been the start of consumers and utilities alike understanding...

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