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  • Aug
    20
    2012

    Sustainable Healthcare: A Perfect Match

    By: HHI Admin

    By Jeff Benavides
    Published August 20, 2012
    Environmental Leader, Environmental Management & Energy News

    Sustainability efforts in manufacturing, higher education, governments and retail have been a long time focus and have made great strides. Although these efforts vary in scope and benefits depending on the industry, when it comes to healthcare and hospitals the advantages are especially clear. Simply put, what is good for the planet is good for the patient.Budget constraints and research linking environmental factors to human health has turned the spotlight on...

  • Aug
    13
    2012

    Learn from VHA how HHI is going to save hospitals money

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    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    In this web programming from VHA, learn about cost saving measures from HHI Director, Seema Wadhwa and Practice Greenhealth Director of Environmental Purchasing Program, Beth Eckl.

    View VHA interview

  • Aug
    9
    2012

    Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets Grow to More than 50

    By: HHI Admin

    By Susannah Patton
    Published August 9, 2012
    Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente, a champion of making fresh produce available to its members, employees and communities, announced this week that it now hosts more than 50 farmers markets and farm stands at its hospitals and facilities across the country.
    Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets

    “We are thrilled that our markets are thriving and expanding at our hospitals and in our communities,” says Preston Maring, MD, a Kaiser Permanente physician who started one of the first hospital-based farmers markets in...

  • Aug
    8
    2012

    Promoting Sustainable Health Care

    By: Gary Cohen

    By Gary Cohen
    Published July 24, 2012
    The White House Council on Environmental Quality Blog

    Imagine energy efficient hospitals that save money on energy bills to use for critical patient care, and that promote renewable energy as a community health and resilience strategy. Imagine hospitals that create healthy food environments to help address the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our country. Imagine hospitals that lead society in reducing toxic chemical exposures , and that are reducing their waste, saving money and improving patient care at the same time. Imagine...

  • Jul
    31
    2012

    Inside the effort to strip toxics from U.S. hospitals

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Kristine A. Wong
    Published July 31, 2012
    Greenbiz.com

    It’s not easy to wrangle the largest players in any industry to give up competitive advantages.

    But that's what the five largest health care group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in the U.S. (Amerinet, HealthTrust, MedAssets, Novation and Premier) did when they agreed to work together on a standardized list of questions for suppliers about their products' impact on humans and the environment.  

    It’s a move that can have a big impact on greening the industry’s supply chain: Purchases of the five GPOs...

  • Jul
    31
    2012

    Sustainability and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion Project

    By: Janet Brown

    By Janet Brown, Contributing Editor
    Published July 31, 2012
    Healthcare Design

    Green building without sustainable operations is like peanut butter without jelly. It’s like starting a race but not finishing. It kills me when I hear of “green buildings” that use mercury-containing products, clean with bleach throughout the site, or have not signed onto the Healthy Food Pledge.

    The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital expansion project represents an example of a facility that gets it.

    I had a virtual sit-down with Robin Guenther, AIA, of Perkins+Will and...

  • Jul
    27
    2012

    Green Initiatives: Good for the Planet, Patient, Staff and the Bottom Line

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Nancy Mulvihill, MA
    Published July-August 2012
    Health Progress

    Ask hospital leaders to name the top challenges to their organizations’ economic viability, and you’re sure to hear about skyrocketing costs, shrinking reimbursements, sluggish admissions, the burgeoning uninsured and an aging population that consumes a dis-proportionate share of resources. Keeping pace with health information technology, adapting to new outcomes-based care models and managing pressures to merge and acquire also make it high on the lists.

    Interestingly, however, one issue that...

  • Jul
    27
    2012

    Health care firms help heal environment

    By: HHI Admin

    By Olivia Millar
    Published July 27, 2012
    Washington Business Journal

    The health care industry accounts for 18 percent of the U.S. economy. It has tremendous buying power, 4.6 million employees and the opportunity to drive large-scale market transformation.

    The health care industry is made up of a diverse population, ranging from one independently owned dentist’s office to hospital networks that serve billions of patients a year. The industry’s movement toward sustainability is helping to mitigate the impact the sector is having on the environment.

    ...

  • Jul
    25
    2012

    White House Highlights Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Role in Improving Health, Lowering Costs

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    By: Sherry MacDonald

    For Immediate Release: July 25, 2012

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

    View recordings of White House event: Greening America's Hospitals Part 1 and Part 2

    RESTON, VA—The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) yesterday hosted the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) for a discussion celebrating the health care industry’s innovative success in adopting more sustainable practices. The event, “Greening America’s Hospitals,” specifically highlighted...

  • Jul
    24
    2012

    White House Highlights Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Success in Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs

    By: Sherry MacDonald

     

    For Immediate Release: July 24, 2012

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

    RESTON, VA—The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will today facilitate discussions among leaders in health care and policy to highlight the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s (HHI) successful efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of hospitals, lower costs and improve patient health by incorporating sustainability initiatives into their business models.

    Over ten leaders of the health and...

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