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  • Oct
    24
    2013

    Nurses Take the Temperature of a Changing Climate

    By: HHI Admin

    Nurses, considered the most trusted profession in the United States, have long been leaders in public health. Now, as we face the most urgent public health crisis of our time, nurses are taking action on climate change. Health Care Without Harm's nurse champions, Mary Margaret Thomas and Kelli Barber Avanzino, bring you this week's HuffPost Blog in our Climate and Health series: Nurses Take the Temperature of a Changing Climate.

    Once you read the blog, you are encouraged to make comments on the blog, to 'Like' the blog, and to share it with your social networks. Seeing this...

  • Oct
    11
    2013

    HCWH – WHO: Mercury-Free Health Care Worldwide by 2020

    By: HHI Admin
    For Release: October 11, 2013   Contact: Josh Karliner  +1-415-666-2757 Josh@hcwh.org

    Kumamoto Japan--  As the world’s governments were signing a global treaty aimed at phasing out the use and emissions of mercury, Health Care Without Harm and the World HealthOrganization got straight to work and launched an initiative to achieve theMinamata Convention’s goal to end the manufacture, import and export of mercury-based medical devices by 2020.

    “Today marks the culmination of a fifteen-year Health Care Without Harm effort that began with a single hospital in Boston, evolved into a...

  • Sep
    30
    2013

    Just What The Doctor Ordered: Med Students Team With Chefs

    By: HHI Admin
    Kristin Gourlay Published September 18, 2013 NPR   For the past few weeks, the culinary arts students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., have been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.   One of them, Clinton Piper, may look like a pro in his chef's whites, but he's struggling to work a whisk through some batter. "I know nothing about baking," he says.   Luckily, he's got other qualifications. Piper is a fourth-year medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine, and he's here for a short rotation through a new program designed to educate med students...
  • Sep
    18
    2013

    Among the Green: Sacred Heart Hospital Named One of "Greenest Hospitals" in the Country

    By: HHI Admin
    Published September 18, 2013 Leader-Telegram   AMONG THE GREEN: Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire has been named among the 50 "greenest" health care organizations in the country by Becker's Hospital Review magazine.   According to Becker's Hospital Review, many forward-thinking organizations have put ecological health, green initiatives and environmental stewardship as foundational pieces of their mission - some for as long as two decades. The hospitals on this year's "green" list lead by example through mass-scale and local carbon-cutting efforts, and demonstrate how environmental...
  • Sep
    13
    2013

    Vermont Hospitals Commit to a Healthier Future with the First Statewide Enrollment in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin
    For Immediate Release: September 16, 2013   Contact: Sherry MacDonald (703) 870-7494 smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org   RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) and Efficiency Vermont announced today that Vermont is the first state to commit to enrolling all of its hospitals in HHI, a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to speed the health care sector toward environmental sustainability. Two Vermont hospitals, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center, are already HHI members...
  • Sep
    13
    2013

    Walmart's chemical policy: The right formula, but just a first step

    By: HHI Admin
    Mark Rossi Published September 13, 2013 GreenBiz.com   Walmart’s new policy (PDF) to require manufacturers of cosmetics and cleaning products to disclose ingredients in their products and remove priority hazardous chemicals signals a new era in sustainability. It’s a critical first step on the path to safer and healthier chemicals in products.   Chemicals, after all, are at the foundation of our material world. All materials and products -- from paper to plastics, from computers to cleaning products -- consist of chemicals. Yet businesses largely have avoided even starting on the journey...
  • Sep
    11
    2013

    Disruptive Innovators: Hospitals increase community access to healthier food

    By: HHI Admin
    Kelsey Brimmer Published September 11, 2013 Healthcare Finance News   A number of hospitals across the country have set out to demonstrate that healthy diets improve patient health and reduce healthcare costs. Those efforts got a boost recently when the Union of Concerned Scientists released an analysis of the benefits of improving patient health through better access to fresher, healthier food.   Among the good news for the healthy food movement, the advocacy group found that increasing the overall consumption of fruits and vegetables could save more than 100,000 lives and $17 billion in...
  • Sep
    9
    2013

    50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America

    By: HHI Admin
    Bob Herman September 9, 2013 Becker's Hospital Review   Primum non nocere — the phrase is common among physicians, meaning "First, do no harm" in Latin. But as hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare organizations integrate their care, they have started to adopt that philosophy in a broader context.   Carbon emissions, medical waste, water consumption, unhealthy food, fossil fuels and climate change have become common vocabulary for many hospitals and health systems across the country because healthcare leaders are aware their organizations play a major role in the health of their...
  • Sep
    6
    2013

    Creating A Sustainable Healthcare Space By Recycling A Big-Box Store

    By: HHI Admin
    Janet Brown  Published September 6, 2013 Healthcare Design Magazine   When Kaiser Permanente decided to open a medical office building in Portland, Ore., one site in particular caught the health system’s eye. A former location of now-defunct consumer electronics retailer Circuit City, the one-story, 32,000-square-foot structure in the Gateway neighborhood of East Portland boasted a convenient location with easy access to public transportation. In alignment with its support for healthier communities, Kaiser Permanente had already committed to the reuse of existing structures where possible...
  • Sep
    1
    2013

    Ready for action: Rehab patients benefit from inclusive design

    By: HHI Admin
    By Amy Eagle Published September 2013 Health Facilities Management   Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, is designed to be as inclusive, sustainable and accessible as possible. The hospital, located on Boston Harbor in the city's historic Charlestown Navy Yard, was built to welcome patients and community members alike, use resources wisely and accommodate people of all physical abilities. In addition, says David Storto, president of the hospital, "We were interested in having the whole environment be one that was as healing as could be for people going through a rehab process."   The...

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