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  • Feb
    5
    2015

    Recycling And Waste-Reduction: US Food And Beverage Companies Come Up 'Significantly Short'

    By: HHI Admin
    Maria Gallucci International Business Times January 29, 2015   Sit down at a Starbucks coffee shop, and chances are your tall nonfat latte will come in a disposable paper cup, not a reusable mug. Order a salad at McDonald’s, and your leafy greens will likely arrive in a nonrecyclable black plastic container. Despite years of well-touted sustainability efforts, U.S. fast-food chains continue to send millions of pounds of packaging straight to the landfill -- not recycling plants, a new report by major environmental groups found.   Beverage companies and grocery stores are similarly failing to...
  • Feb
    3
    2015

    Software saves medical center $1.3 million in energy costs

    By: HHI Admin
    February 3, 2015 Engineered Systems   According to the EPA, “Health care organizations spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs. Every dollar that a nonprofit health care organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating new revenues of $20 for hospitals or $10 for medical offices.”   A 500-bed academic medical center providing pediatrics, primary, and advanced medical care took this EPA statement as a challenge. The medical center is a large provider of trauma care and is affiliated with a local university. It also has almost 1 million outpatient visits per...
  • Feb
    1
    2015

    Hospital chef sets out to build a business from scratch

    By: HHI Admin
    Robert Gebelhoff Journal Sentinel   When Justin Johnson was hired in 2012 to help revamp the Watertown hospital cafeteria to emphasize scratch food and sustainable operations, he was skeptical whether the concept would work.   Now, Johnson is starting his own company, which aims to do the same thing: use less processed food and increase revenue.   "I discovered it was a lot easier than I thought," he said. "A lot of times, the roadblocks were imagined or easy to overcome. There's a lot you can do for a little."   Johnson's work can include changing menus and recipes, overhauling kitchen...
  • Jan
    26
    2015

    Simple Steps for Going Greener

    By: HHI Admin
    David Bernard Outpatient Surgery January 2015   When Memorial Hospital in York, Pa., set out to reduce its environmental impact a few years ago, members of its "Green Team" toured the local waste management company handling their output to see what really happens to the trash when it leaves the hospital. "This awareness was key to getting everyone on board with going green," says Pam Neiderer, RN, BSN, CNOR, director of surgical services. You don't have to go as far as Memorial Hospital's staffers did to go green. Here are some readers' suggestions for simple ways any facility can reduce...
  • Jan
    26
    2015

    Practice Greenhealth Welcomes New Members

    By: HHI Admin

    January 26, 2015 (Reston, Virginia) – Practice Greenhealth is pleased to welcome its newest members, who join a community of more than 1,300 leading health care organizations and suppliers to the sector who act as change agents and healing forces in their communities on behalf of patients, staff, and the environment at large.

    Practice Greenhealth is a nonprofit membership organization, offering its members a full range of tools, resources, forums, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to engage the health care sector in creating safe and healthy environments.  Founded...

  • Jan
    23
    2015

    USGBC awards Katz Women's Hospital with LEED Platinum; Project is third certified in-patient hospital in the world

    By: HHI Admin
    NYREJ January 2015   The Katz Women's Hospital Post Partum Unit at North Shore University Hospital, has recently been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's highest honor, LEED Platinum certification. This new facility, which consists of the fourth floor of Katz Women's Hospital, achieved the USGBC-LI's top rating for its advanced and innovative application of environmentally sound and cost-effective building practices. This project is the third in-patient hospital in the world certified LEED Platinum and the first in-patient hospital in the world certified LEED Platinum under the ID+C...
  • Jan
    22
    2015

    Practice Greenhealth Welcomes Sodexo as a Business Member

    By: HHI Admin
    Market Watch   RESTON, VA, Jan 22, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Practice Greenhealth announced today that Sodexo has joined its community of more than 1,300 leading health care organizations and suppliers to the sector who act as change agents and healing forces in their communities on behalf of patients, staff, and the environment at large. Sodexo is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations that enhance individual well-being, improve organizational performance and make a positive impact in the local community.   Practice...
  • Jan
    22
    2015

    Three Emerging Trends Toward Healthier Healthcare Interiors

    By: HHI Admin

    Jeffrey Brown

    January 22, 2015

    Facility Care

    Healthcare professionals are charged with creating environments that foster patient healing and healthy workplaces for staff. For more than 15 years, partner organizations Practice Greenhealth and Healthcare Without Harm have worked with thousands of hospitals and healthcare organizations and suppliers to take steps to create healthier facilities from the inside out. The most innovative organizations are using an intentional approach to avoid products, services and materials that can have negative impacts on patients, staff...

  • Jan
    22
    2015

    Fed program to aid health care climate resiliency

    By: HHI Admin
    Jeff Ferenc January 22, 2015 Health Facilities Management   Flood walls protect Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., during flooding in the area.   Health & Human Services (HHS) is urging health care systems to prepare for the impact of climate change and future outbreaks of severe weather like the ones that ravaged parts of the nation in recent years by making their facilities as resilient as possible.   To help achieve that goal, HHS launched the Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative to provide tools and information in the form of a...
  • Jan
    21
    2015

    Using Community Benefit Funds to Improve Nutrition within Health Sector

    By: HHI Admin

    Lucia Sayre

    January 21, 2015

    Health Care Without Harm

    Health care is big business in the United States, with national health expenditures topping 20% of the gross domestic product. Hospitals employ more than 5.4 million people and spend more than $340 billion annually on goods and services. 

    Hospitals that operate as non-profits (58% of all hospitals in the United States) are required to set aside a certain percentage of their gross...

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