Nov232014By: HHI AdminBy Dianne Cardwell November 23, 2014 New York Times For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas. Utility executives say the trend has accelerated this year, with several companies signing contracts, known as power purchase...
Nov212014By: HHI AdminJeff Brown November 21, 2014 Healthcare Facilities Today Every day, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals, in our food, water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the furniture we use and the carpet we walk on. Mounting data suggests that some of the chemicals we come in contact with — in our homes, workplaces, schools and stores — contain toxicants that can have adverse affects on human health and the environment. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are no exception. In recent years, we’ve learned that certain materials and products we use, including furniture, fabrics, building...
Nov202014By: HHI Admin130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know | 2014
By Shannon Barnet, Ayla Ellison & Heather Punke | November 20, 2014
Becker's Hospital Review has named the following hospital and health system leaders to its list of "130 nonprofit hospital andhealth system CEOs to know." The leaders on this list lead some of the largest and most prominent hospitals and healthsystems in the nation. They were selected to this list based on their experience, professional achievement and involvement in their communities.
Note: This list is not an endorsement of included...
Nov202014By: HHI Admin
November 20, 2014
Perkins+Will announced that Robin Guenther, FAIA, an international leader in sustainable health care architecture, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building...
Nov192014By: HHI Admin
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November 10, 2014
Gundersen reaches energy independence
First health system in nation to achieve this distinction
LA CROSSE WI--Gundersen Health System achieved its first day of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. On Oct. 14, 2014, Gundersen produced more energy than the health system consumed.
In 2008, Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen CEO, set a goal for the organization to control rising energy costs and improve the health of the communities it...
Nov192014By: HHI AdminJoe Romm November 19, 2014 Think Progress The Chinese government announced Wednesday it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council, or cabinet, said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a staggering reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week. Now they’ll be building the equivalent in carbon-free power every week for decades, while the construction rate of new coal plants decelerates like a crash-test dummy. The 2020 coal peak utterly refutes the GOP...
Nov142014By: HHI AdminRyan McAskill October 29, 2014 RevCycle Intelligence A new survey found that more hospitals are planning to invest in sustainability products going forward. The idea of “going green” has touched many aspects of today’s culture and it seems as it health care practices are starting to get on board. Environmentally friendly approaches to health care are growing in popularity, but they also could have tangible benefits for hospitals that invest. According to a recent Harris Poll that was commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, sustainability will become a major focus for health care organizations...
Nov142014By: HHI AdminAmy Collins November 24, 2014 Health Care Without Harm As a practicing physician and Senior Clinical Advisor for Health Care Without Harm, I can say with urgency and certainty that NOW is the time for physicians to Get Smart about antibiotics. Last week, the CDC’s annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week included the launch of thePhysician Pledge for Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship Pledge. A growing number of physicians and pharmacists are signing the pledge to celebrate their holiday meals by purchasing a turkey raised without the use of routine antibiotics (I’ve ordered mine) along...
Nov42014By: HHI Admin
October 27, 2014
Medical XPressA Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries. A report on the research, published online Oct. 16 in the World Journal of Surgery, highlights not only an opportunity for U.S. hospitals to help relieve the global burden of surgically treatable diseases, but also a means of reducing the cost and...
Nov42014By: HHI Admin
October 22, 2014
Good Food WebHospitals and other large institutional buyers represent a major marketing opportunity for good food entrepreneurs like farms and ranches. But how can the two ends of the food chain best connect? Guest author Kendra Klein cites one success story happening in Northern California. This summer, the strawberries on patient trays at hospitals across the San Francisco Bay Area came from the same place they’ve been coming from for years - the warehouses of Bay Cities Produce, a regional food distribution company. But some 10,000...