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  • Jun
    2
    2014

    Better hospital food: Lee Memorial steps up use of locally grown produce

    By: Christina Quint

    May 31, 2014

    Pharmacy Choice 

     Lee Memorial Health System officials are walking the walk, putting fresh greens where their mouths are and promoting good nutrition by example.

    The public hospital system has been ramping up its emphasis on fresh produce supplied by local growers in its meal service. It also is striving to offer more organic choices for patients and medical...

  • May
    21
    2014

    Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

    By: HHI Admin

    Kiley Kroh

    May 13, 2014

    Think Progress


    Wind turbines and transmission lines in Nauen near Berlin, Germany. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/FERDINAND OSTROP On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International...
  • May
    21
    2014

    The Case for Health Care to Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

    By: Gary Cohen
    HCWH Blog  Gary Cohen May 20, 2014

    The health care sector is a massive consumer of energy. Its use of advanced medical technology and the 24/7 nature of hospitals make them the second most intensive user of energy in the economy. An average hospital uses twice as much energy per square foot as a typical office building. And because hospitals rely on the electrical grid just as much as we do, they are just as reliant on fossil fuels to power their facilities, as we are to power our schools and homes and office buildings.

    So why should the health care sector bear any more...

  • May
    20
    2014

    First Do No Harm: Why Sustainable Healthcare Needs You

    By: HHI Admin

    Brenna Davis

    CSR Wire

    May 16, 2014

    With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, health care has taken the spotlight around the globe. Our industry is being driven by a mandate for high quality care at the lowest cost.   At Virginia Mason, we are well positioned to thrive in this new era, having been on a path to transform health care since 2002. For instance, we were the first health care organization in the U.S. to adapt principles of the Toyota Production System to remove waste, improve quality and safety, and lower costs.   As a recent Talkback post by Johnson &...
  • May
    7
    2014

    Going Green with Waste Saves Dough

    By: Christina Quint

    Healthcare Finance News

    Rodney J. Moore

    May 6, 2014

    In hospitals and health systems, it pays to recycle.

    Hospitals and health systems generate a huge amount of waste each year – by Practice Greenhealth’s estimate, 5.9...

  • Apr
    30
    2014

    As hospital campuses grow, how can they simultaneously shrink their environmental footprints?

    By: HHI Admin

    EcoBuildingPulse

    Bill Millard

    When an oil slick along Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, it was neither the first nor the worst blaze of its kind. Oil fires have recurred for decades on numerous cities’ rivers, says Christina Vernon, AIA, Cleveland Clinic’s executive sustainability officer.   But the 1969 fire had good timing: Rachel Carson’s novel Silent Spring had spurred the environmental movement in 1962, and seven years later, the public was ready to take the planet’s degradation seriously. By then, the full array of urban-renewal-era pathologies prevailed in...
  • Apr
    30
    2014

    Leveraging Community Benefit to Support Healthy Communities

    By: HHI Admin
    Gary Cohen and Chris Kabel April 30th, 2014   This post was written by Gary Cohen, President and Co-Founder of Health Care Without Harm, and opens with an introduction by Chris Kabel, Senior Program Officer, Health, at the Kresge Foundation:   We are witnessing some exciting changes in America’s approach to health and health care.  While most of our nation’s political and media attention has been focused on expansions of coverage and access to health care, the Affordable Care Act also includes components that encourage hospitals and health systems to engage and support their communities in a...
  • Apr
    24
    2014

    Podcast: Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

    By: Christina Quint

    Click to access podcast from NPR

    About the Speaker

    There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut.

    Blaser is an expert on the human microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body. In fact, up to 90 percent of all the cells in the human body...

  • Apr
    24
    2014

    Healthcare: The Frontlines of Mitigating Climate Change

    By: Christina Quint
    Bob Herman   April 22, 2014   Beckers Hospital Review    Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new, highly touted report on global greenhouse gas emissions and what anthropogenic climate change means for the human race.   Essentially, the science on the issue has become even clearer. The world's top climate scientists said emissions have already changed climate patterns significantly, and major steps will have to be taken immediately to avoid an increase in the average global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius — and potentially worse conditions.   This...
  • Apr
    24
    2014

    Integrating Environmental and Human Health

    By: HHI Admin

    Sustainable health care is a work in progress. While virtually everyone recognizes the need for the industry to reduce its considerable impact on the environment, sustainability is rarely a high priority among decision makers at U.S. hospitals. There is so much short-term uncertainty and financial pressure in the industry today that it’s hard for many administrators and supply chain managers to focus on what seem...

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