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  • Nov
    23
    2014

    Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

    By: HHI Admin
    By 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...
  • Nov
    21
    2014

    Clearing the air: Healthier interiors in healthcare

    By: HHI Admin
    Jeff 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...
  • Nov
    20
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Members Named Nonprofit Health CEOs to Know

    By: HHI Admin

    130 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...

  • Nov
    20
    2014

    Robin Guenther named LEED fellow

    By: HHI Admin

    November 20, 2014

    GreenBuilding News

    Perkins+Will announced that Robin Guenther, FAIA, an international leader in sustainable health care architecture, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building...

  • Nov
    19
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Congratulates Member Gundersen Health Systems

    By: HHI Admin

    News Release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • Nov
    19
    2014

    China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

    By: HHI Admin
    Joe 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...
  • Nov
    14
    2014

    Hospital Sustainability Purchasing to Reach 80 Percent by 2016

    By: HHI Admin
    Ryan 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...
  • Nov
    14
    2014

    Calling All Physicians: Let's Get Smart About Antibiotics

    By: HHI Admin
    Amy 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...
  • Nov
    4
    2014

    Study documents millions in unused medical supplies in US operating rooms each year

    By: HHI Admin

    October 27, 2014

    Medical XPress

    A 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...
  • Nov
    4
    2014

    From Farm to Patient Tray: Retrofitting the supply chain to meet hospitals’ demand for local food

    By: HHI Admin

    Kendra Klein

    October 22, 2014

    Good Food Web

    Hospitals 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...

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