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  • Sep
    1
    2013

    Purchasing for our future

    By: HHI Admin
    Laura Wenger, R.N., Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth Published September 2013 Healthcare Purchasing News   Over the course of a decade, I worked in a hospital setting—first as a Registered Nurse and then a Director in the ICU. Throughout this time, I witnessed many skilled doctors and nurses deliver incredible care that made people healthier and saved lives.   There was a time when we (the healthcare industry) used to think that delivering quality care meant using certain products to help maintain a cleaner, more sterile healing environment for our patients. Unfortunately, we have...
  • Aug
    31
    2013

    "Going Green" Creates a Healthier Patient Care Environment

    By: HHI Admin
    By Mel Fabrikant Published August 31, 2013 The Paramus Post   As part of its "green" initiatives, Valley recently began cultivating bees and harvesting honey through hives on the roof of its Luckow Pavilion in Paramus. In recent years, hospitals across the nation have discovered that the benefits of "going green" go beyond just helping the planet. U.S. hospitals are second only to the food industry for producing waste, discarding nearly 4 billion pounds of trash annually, and are the nation's leading consumer of energy. With the addition of hospital-based green initiatives, hospitals are...
  • Aug
    31
    2013

    Fixing patients and the planet: Health care goes green with Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin
    Stacy Butterfield Published August 2013 ACP Hospitalist   Hippocrates probably never thought about polyvinyl chloride or power cogeneration.   But many hospitals' current use of toxic chemicals and fossil fuels may violate his oath to do no harm, say health care sustainability experts. Numerous choices made by hospital administrators and clinicians, such as whether to serve organic produce in the cafeteria or reuse medical devices, can have downstream effects on the health of current and future patients.   “I don't believe health care wants to be contributing to the environmental problems...
  • Aug
    28
    2013

    Hospital CEO: It's time to embrace environmental healthcare

    By: HHI Admin
    J. Knox Singleton Published August 28, 2013 Hospital Impact   After receiving my master's degree in health administration from Duke University in 1973, I wanted a career where I could meld my business skills with my drive to help others. It seemed to me that hospital administration might be a career that would allow me to combine my skills and passion into a rewarding career.   Little did I know where this path would lead me.   Recently, I co-authored a book, "Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative," that challenges healthcare leaders to think through the...
  • Aug
    22
    2013

    How Hospitals Can Be More Green

    By: HHI Admin
    By Ryder Diaz Published August 22, 2013 State of Health Blog from KQED News   Kaiser Permanente wants to know what’s lurking in their hospitals’ mattresses. Mattresses are often treated with brominated flame retardants. And these chemicals usually don’t stay put. They leak into the air or cling to specks of dust and enter our bodies.   “Flame retardants can be quite toxic. They accumulate in the environment and in our fat cells,” said Kathy Gerwig, vice president and environmental stewardship officer at Kaiser.   Certain beds may contain vinyl or other plastics that when produced or destroyed...
  • Aug
    7
    2013

    Flame retardants harmful to child development, under continued scrutiny

    By: HHI Admin

    By Natalie McGill
    The Nation's Health

    Children who were exposed prenatally to flame retardants are more likely to have cognitive problems in childhood, a recent study finds.

    The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine study tested blood samples from more than 300 pregnant women for exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, which are commonly found in flame retardants. Researchers then tracked the cognitive and behavioral patterns of about 200 of their children through age 5, said Aimin Chen, MD, a lead study author who presented the research May 6 at...

  • Aug
    7
    2013

    Healthcare Leaders Dr. Jeff Thompson and Gary Cohen: "Champions" of Fighting Climate Change

    By: HHI Admin

    By Bob Herman
    Published August 7, 2013
    Becker's Hospital Review

    Climate change may seem like a divisive policy issue, but after Hurricane Sandy decimated parts of New York City and other areas along the East Coast, the tone of the discussion began to take a turn.

    For example, in June, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out a $20 billion plan to protect the metropolis against the effects of climate change. Interestingly, Mayor Bloomberg said hospitals play a key role in the fight. He suggested all new hospitals meet more rigorous flood elevation standards...

  • Aug
    2
    2013

    Transparency Is the Secret Ingredient in “Declare” Products

    By: HHI Admin

    By Paula Melton
    BuildingGreen.com

    A new program called Declare provides a database of building products with at least 99% of their ingredients fully disclosed. Introduced early in 2013 by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), this free and publicly accessible tool included only about 30 products by late June—but it’s growing rapidly, according to ILFI’s Amanda Sturgeon.

    The concept behind Declare is to “increase transparency as fast as possible,” she told EBN, adding that the group expects to have at least 100 product listings by the end of 2013—a goal...

  • Jul
    30
    2013

    The Extraordinary Steps Health Care Providers Are Taking To Prepare For Climate Change

    By: HHI Admin

    By Katie Valentine
    Published July 30, 2013
    ThinkProgress.org

    On October 29, as Superstorm Sandy downed power lines and flooded New York streets, 300 patients were evacuated from New York University’s Langone Medical Center after one of its backup generators, located in the basement, was knocked out. Twenty babies in neonatal intensive care went first, followed by the sickest adults. The evacuation took about 15 hours to complete.

    Langone wasn’t the only hospital to need an emergency evacuation during or in the aftermath of Sandy. Coney Island hospital’s...

  • Jul
    30
    2013

    South Boston rooftop farm raising its first crops

    By: HHI Admin

    By Gail Waterhouse
    Published July 30, 2013
    The Boston Globe

    It is more than an acre of prime real estate on the Boston waterfront, with sweeping city views and a nice, if sometimes strong, sea breeze. But instead of luxury condos, this development has 25 tons of dirt, sprouting tomatoes, basil, and arugula as the city’s first rooftop farm finally takes root.

    After three years of planning, the Higher Ground Farm planted its first crop in July atop the Boston Design Center in the city’s shipping terminal in South Boston. For now, farmers Courtney Hennessey and...

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