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  • Nov
    15
    2012

    PBDEs linked to delays in development

    By: HHI Admin

    By Stephanie M. Lee
    Published November 15, 2012
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Flame retardant compounds pervasive in most California households appear to delay the neurodevelopment of children exposed to the chemicals from the womb through the first years of life, UC Berkeley researchers say in a new study.

    Researchers say their findings, published Thursday, add to worries about a class of endocrine-disrupting compounds called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, that are widely used in furniture, infant products, electronics and other goods.

    Studies have...

  • Nov
    14
    2012

    Google Gives USGBC $3 Million for Healthy Building Materials Research

    By: HHI Admin

    By Tristan Roberts
    Published November 14, 2012
    BuildingGreen.com

    In one of the biggest announcements to come out of Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco thus far, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a $3 million grant from Google to support work on healthier building materials. Google has already been a pioneer in keeping toxic chemicals out of building products used in its building projects (see A Peek Inside Google’s Healthy Materials Program), but this grant takes its public support for research and advocacy in this area to a new level.

    The...

  • Nov
    12
    2012

    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Harnesses Green Passion

    By: Janet Brown

    By Janet Brown, EDAC
    Published November 12, 2012
    Healthcare Design

    I was recently asked what percentage of hospitals in the United States has started work on environmental stewardship activities. My answer is 100%. Every hospital has an action-oriented staffer who’s taken it upon themselves to do the right thing: a nurse collecting no-longer-needed medical supplies, an administrative staffer collecting toner cartridges for recycling, or an architect looking for low-flow water fixtures. 

    NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) takes a top-down and bottom-up approach to its...

  • Nov
    9
    2012

    Hospitals Go Green to Save Money and Save Lives

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    By: HHI Admin

    By Steve Curwood
    Original Air Date: October 26, 2012
    Living on Earth

    In an effort to reduce climate vulnerability and stabilize energy costs, hospitals nationwide are investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Host Steve Curwood checks out the innovative design of the new Spaulding hospital with John Messervy Director of Capital and Facilities Planning for Partners' HealthCare.

    Read the transcript from Living on Earth

  • Nov
    6
    2012

    Webinar speakers chart progress of global initiatives toward greener health care

    By: HHI Admin

    By Nicole Farrelly
    Published November 15, 2012
    Catholic Health World
    Volume 28, Number 20

    Can healthy people thrive on a sick planet? That was the topic of discussion at "Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network — Catholic Health Care's Opportunity," a CHA webinar that drew more than 100 participants last month.

    Society currently sits at the intersection of the right to health and the right to a healthy environment, said Josh Karliner, a webinar presenter and global projects director for Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of hospitals...

  • Nov
    2
    2012

    Study Finds Hospital Environmental Sustainability Efforts Could Save Health Care Sector $15B over 10 Years

    By: HHI Admin

    For Immediate Release:  November 2, 2012

    Contact:    Lauren Smith
                     (202) 591-4065
                     Lauren@JPA.com

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Efforts by hospitals to develop “greener,” or more environmentally sustainable operations result in significant savings rather than incur additional costs, according to a study of nine hospitals/health systems that underwent such changes in their operations over the last five years.  A new Health Care Research Collaborative study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?,”  sponsored by the...

  • Nov
    1
    2012

    Medical trash

    video
    By: Janet Brown

    From Radio Health Journal

    Listen to the broadcast from Radio Health Journal

    Experts say hospitals and healthcare facilities are generally the second-largest generators of waste and garbage in most cities. Some is due to the vast increase the last 20 years in the use of disposable devices, spurred by infection fears. The following experts, including HHI's Director of Content and Outreach, discuss efforts to return to reusable instruments and novel moves such as the collection of unused anesthesia gases.

    Dr. Marty Makary, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Johns...
  • Oct
    27
    2012

    New breed of healthcare manager works to dial down energy use and resource consumption

    By: HHI Admin

    By Ashok Selvam
    Published October 27, 2012
    Modern Healthcare

    Shortly after hospitals implement energy conservation programs at their facilities, it's not unusual for utility companies to notify administrators that there might be some technical glitches with the electric meters.

    A significant drop in energy consumption hardly ever means there's a defect—it just means the conservation efforts are working just fine, says Laura Wenger, executive director of Practice Greenhealth, a national not-for-profit group of healthcare organizations based in Reston, Va., that...

  • Oct
    24
    2012

    Michigan Health & Hospital Association Becomes the First State Association Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: Kevin Conway

    For Immediate Release: October 24, 2012

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

    RESTON, VA— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the Michigan Health & Hospital Association is the first state hospital association to 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...

  • Oct
    23
    2012

    Gundersen’s Green Replacement Hospital Plans

    By: Janet Brown

    By Janet Brown, EDAC
    Published October 23, 2012
    Healthcare Design

    If you’ve been following healthcare sustainability, you’ve likely heard about Gundersen Health System. Gundersen Lutheran facilities had been pieced together over the last century and the physical space no longer met the needs or expectations of patients, families, and staff.   

    The organization’s in-house, multidisciplinary team partnered with its design firm, AECOM, and construction management firm Kraus Anderson Construction to add an additional 500,000 square feet to the existing space. 

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