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  • Apr
    5
    2013

    Kicking McDonald's out: the hospitals getting serious about food

    By: HHI Admin

    By Anna Lappe
    Published April 5, 2013
    The Guardian

    My first daughter was born at 12:49am on a hot night in July after 35 hours of labour. She and I experienced several minutes of heartfelt awe. Then, we both promptly fell fast asleep. The next morning, I awoke in a West Village hospital bed, famished. The tray that sat in front of me included something that slightly resembled oatmeal, bright-red Jello, "orange juice", and black coffee paired with a packet of sugar and non-dairy creamer. Having just experienced the most gruelling 48 hours of my life, this tray wasn't...

  • Apr
    1
    2013

    Maximize your reprocessing program

    By: HHI Admin

    By Caryn Humphrey RN, BSN, MBA 
    Published April 2013
    American Nurse Today

    The healthcare industry is at a critical juncture. The quest to find solutions that deliver better care for less money is imperative. To address this challenge, there is much talk these days about "sustainability" practices, which means managing resources in a way that is good for care today, and even better for care tomorrow. One way to safety generate cost savings with almost no up-front investment and minimal disruption to operations is through a third-party reprocessing program.   Third-party...
  • Mar
    27
    2013

    EPA Announces Green Power Leadership Awards - Nomination Period Open until April 15

    By: HHI Admin

     

    The annual Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. EPA’s Purchaser Awards recognize leading Green Power Partners and Communities that have helped further the green power market through their green power purchase or use of on-site renewable energy applications, overall green power strategy, and impact on the green power market. EPA’s Supplier Awards highlight the accomplishments of green power suppliers (utilities, retail suppliers, REC marketers, and renewable energy project...

  • Mar
    25
    2013

    Practice Greenhealth Members Author New Sustainability Book

    By: HHI Admin

    Practice Greenhealth Press Release

    March 25, 2013 (Reston, Virginia) – Practice Greenhealth announced today that members Carrie R. Rich, J. Knox Singleton, and Seema Wadhwa have authored a new book on health care sustainability. Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative challenges health care leaders to think through the implications of our decisions from fiscal, societal and environmental perspectives. It links health values with sustainability drivers in order to enlighten leadership about the value of sustainability as we move toward a new paradigm of...

  • Mar
    12
    2013

    Why Healthcare Leaders Cannot Afford to Ignore "Greening" Anymore

    By: HHI Admin

    By Bob Herman
    Published March 12, 2013
    Becker's Hospital Review

    As an individual sector, healthcare is one of the largest consumers of energy.

    Healthcare organizations utilize 11 percent of all U.S. energy, and hospitals and health systems spend roughly $8 billion every year on energy. In addition, energy costs have risen 56 percent between 2003 and 2008, according to the Healthier Hospitals Initiative.

    Energy is often considered to be low-hanging fruit within a hospital's financial plan, but healthcare leaders can longer afford to ignore "greening"...

  • Feb
    26
    2013

    Hospital cafeterias attract Granite State diners

    By: HHI Admin

    By Melanie Plenda
    Published February 26, 2013
    NewHampshire.com

    Judy Tobin of Keene is in the hospital at least twice a week. She's not sick or visiting ill friends, she's there for the food.

    "We heard good things about it and tried the salad bar," said Tobin, talking about Center Court Cafe, the cafeteria at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Keene. "We decided it was the best deal in town. Everything is nice and fresh and done every day, they have imaginative salads - today they had quinoa - they have good coffee and it's reasonable and clean and...

  • Feb
    26
    2013

    A Simple Recipe for Community Benefit

    By: HHI Admin

    By David Ollier Weber
    Published February 26, 2013
    Hospitals & Health Networks

    Growing up in Detroit as the son of two hard-working parents, Preston Maring was told by his mother when he was 11 years old, "You want breakfast? Make it yourself." Lunch too.

    Then — this was a lesson in self-reliance, not a sloughing of maternal chores — she showed him how to put together appetizing, balanced meals.

    Fifty-six years later, Preston Maring, M.D., can appreciate how that moment shaped a lifetime's pleasure in preparing and eating good food. More importantly,...

  • Feb
    21
    2013

    Vinyl manufacturers unite to defend medical use of PVC

    By: HHI Admin

    By James Snodgrass
    Published on February 21, 2013
    European Plastics News

    In December 2012 the French senate passed a law unilaterally banning the use of tubes containing di (2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) from paediatric, neonatal and maternity wards. The ban will come into force on 1 July, 2015, though France may yet face action from the European Commission if the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA)’s investigation into DEHP finds that France’s ban cannot be scientifically justified. EFSA is expected to report on the matter in May.

    It is, of course, not...

  • Feb
    18
    2013

    Obesity crisis: doctors demand soft drinks tax and healthier hospital food

    By: HHI Admin

    By Denis Campbell and Shiv Malik
    Published on February 18, 2013
    The Guardian

    Britain's 220,000 doctors are demanding a 20% increase in the cost of sugary drinks, fewer fast food outlets near schools and a ban on unhealthy food in hospitals to prevent the country's spiralling obesity crisis becoming unresolvable.

    The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is calling for action by ministers, the NHS, councils and food firms, as well as changes in parental behaviour, to break the cycle of "generation after generation falling victim to obesity-related illnesses and death...

  • Jan
    23
    2013

    HCWH and WHO Laud Global Agreement to Phase-out Mercury Devices in Healthcare

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    By: HHI Admin

    Health Care Without Harm Press Release
    Published January 23, 2013

    The world’s governments have finalized text for a global legally binding treaty on mercury, the bio-accumulative heavy metal that is poisoning the world’s fish supply, threatening public health and the environment. Among other measures, the treaty text mandates an end to the manufacture, import and export of mercury thermometers and blood pressure devices (sphygmomanometers) by 2020*.

    Meeting around the clock in a marathon fifth and final round, negotiators agreed on the phase-out of these mercury-based...

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