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  • Jan
    21
    2014

    The Elephant in the Waiting Room

    By: HHI Admin

    Gary Cohen

    January 16, 2014

    Huffington Post

    Amid the Obama administration's mismanagement of the...

  • Jan
    21
    2014

    HealthTrust Becomes Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    HealthTrust Becomes Supporting Organization of

    the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    Helping promote green stewardship across the healthcare industry

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn.—January 17, 2014—The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that HealthTrust, a Parallon affiliate, has become a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a collaborative of leading healthcare institutions united to help move the healthcare sector toward environmental...

  • Jan
    17
    2014

    The ‘No More Tears’ Shampoo, Now With No Formaldehyde

    By: HHI Admin
    Katie Thomas January 17, 2014 New York Times   SKILLMAN, N.J. — The only hint that something is different inside millions of bottles of Johnson’s Baby Shampoo arriving on store shelves early this year are two words: “Improved Formula.”   The shampoo has the same amber hue, the same sudsy lather and — perhaps most important — the same familiar smell that, for generations of Americans, still conjures memories of childhood bath time.   What’s different about the shampoo, and 100 other baby products sold by Johnson & Johnson, isn’t so much about what’s been added; it’s what’s missing. The...
  • Jan
    16
    2014

    How sustainability programs cure health-care woes

    By: HHI Admin

    Janet Howard

    Published January 16, 2014

    GreenBiz.com

    Hospitals are full of creative, passionate people doing all kinds of work from all kinds of backgrounds. But their passion can get squashed in the health-care environment due to endless regulations, reporting, protocol, tasks, steps and limited time and dollars. And with the constant changes underfoot, it's inevitable that there will be a misstep or two (or slip or fall).

    According to Eric Parmenter, vice president of employer solutions at Evolent Health, "With health-care reform, employees of hospitals and...

  • Jan
    11
    2014

    Greening Health Care: Q&A with Laura Wenger, RN, Practice Greenhealth Executive Director

    By: HHI Admin
    Sean Ruck Health Care Business News January 2014 (Below is an excerpt; please refer to link at bottom of page to access full PDF article.)   Gone are the days when being eco-friendly or business-friendly were mutually exclusive. In fact, in the current world of health care, it’s often quite the opposite.    Doing a little bit of homework and intelligently greening your health care offerings can have a positive impact on your bottom line. DOTmed Health Care Business News recently spoke with Practice Greenhealth’s executive director, Laura Wenger, to find out more about the association and...
  • Dec
    26
    2013

    5 of the Biggest Healthcare Sustainability Stories of 2013

    By: HHI Admin

    Bob Herman

    Published December 26, 2013

    Becker's Hospital Review

    Here are five of the biggest stories from 2013 related to hospitals, health systems and sustainability initiatives.

    In September, Becker's Hospital Review released "50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America." The list, one of the...

  • Dec
    18
    2013

    Florida Hospital Association Becomes Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: Sherry MacDonald

    For Immediate Release:  December 18, 2013

    Contact: Sherry MacDonald
    (703) 870-7494
    smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org

    RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the Florida Hospital Association has become a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to help speed the health care sector toward environmental sustainability. HHI was launched by twelve hospital systems—Advocate Health Care, Bon Secours Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health...

  • Dec
    13
    2013

    Creating a Healing Environment for Healthcare’s Sensitive Populations

    By: HHI Admin

    Rachel Belew, Paul Gates

    Published March 2011

    Healthcare Development Magazine

    Primum non nocere. First, do no harm.

    These three famous words from the Hippocratic Oath are among the most powerful tenets of modern medicine. They define not only the doctor’s responsibility to his or her patient—but also the role and responsibility of the environment in which the patient heals. A healing environment whose integrated design, construction, and fit-out are grounded in techniques to optimize human health will help nurture patients on the road to recovery.

    Of...

  • Dec
    12
    2013

    ENERGY STAR launches revamped Portfolio Manager

    By: HHI Admin
    Dear Portfolio Manager® User,   As you know, we launched a revamped version of Portfolio Manager earlier this year with the goal of improving its value as a tool for tracking and managing energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while also providing a more secure online environment. We realize, though, that some of the changes we made in the new tool have caused some significant challenges for you, and we are sorry for any inconvenience you may be experiencing.   For many of you, Portfolio Manager is a crucial tool that you rely on to carry out your energy management...
  • Dec
    11
    2013

    Donald Berwick Applauds Health Care Sustainability Initiatives

    By: Sherry MacDonald

    For Immediate Release: December 11, 2013

    Contact: Sherry MacDonald
    (703) 870-7494
    smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Donald Berwick—one of the world’s leading advocates for high-quality health care—declared environmental sustainability as one next crucial revolution in quality care during a presentation today at the 25th Annual IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care in Orlando. 

    Dr. Berwick is the founder and former CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization he led for more than 20 years. He and...

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