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  • Jul
    24
    2012

    Hospitals should focus on sustainability for public, financial health, speakers say

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Andis Robeznieks
    Published July 24, 2012
    Modern Healthcare

    Fostering environmental sustainability isn't about "tree-huggers from the '60s"; it's about promoting community health while bolstering a hospital's financial health, according to speakers from the Healthier Hospital Initiative who spoke at a White House Council on Environmental Quality event celebrating the healthcare industry's environmental successes.

    Launched in 2010, the initiative is working in some 500 hospitals to reduce the healthcare industry's $8 billion annual energy bill while promoting...

  • Jul
    23
    2012

    Media Advisory: White House Event to Address Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Progress on Reducing Cost and Improving Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals

    By: Sherry MacDonald
    Media Advisory

    For Immediate Release: July 23, 2012

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

    White House Event to Address Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Progress on Reducing Cost and Improving Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals

    What:  The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will host top Administration officials, hospital administrators and policy experts for a discussion, “Greening America’s Hospitals,” highlighting the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s (HHI) role in...

  • Jul
    16
    2012

    Healthier Hospitals Initiative on RN.FM Radio - Listen to the Broadcast

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    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    On Monday, July 16, Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth and a key representative of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) appeared on RN.FM Radio to discuss HHI’s mission to invite “healthcare organizations across the country to join the shift to a more sustainable business model, and a challenge for them to address the health and environmental impacts of their industry.”

    Listen to the broadcast at RN FM Radio

     

  • Jul
    11
    2012

    Hospital Initiative Urges Development of Safer Interior Furnishings

    By: Sherry MacDonald

    Washington, D.C.— The 11  major U.S. hospital systems that form the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) have sent letters to scores of manufacturers urging them to accelerate the development of products that do not contain halogenated flame retardants. HHI’s 11 hospital systems represent 500 hospitals and more than $20 billion in health care purchasing power.

    In the letters, the HHI hospital system representatives incentivized the development of HFR-free products, pledging, “As products that meet these requirements are developed, our commitment to the HHI Challenges means our...

  • Jun
    19
    2012

    Going Green, Getting Into the Black

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Haydn Bush
    Published June 19, 2012
    H&HN (Hospitals & Health Networks)

    At most hospitals, John Danby, the sustainability administrator for University of California-Davis Health System, says, "if somebody gets past 50 percent in [waste reduction], they have a big party." But UC-Davis has a steeper mandate to fulfill. As part of the University of California system, the hospital is tied to a system-wide pledge to achieve zero waste by 2020. Achieving that goal for a hospital will prove to be an extremely tall order, but Danby says there are plenty of creative...

  • Jun
    12
    2012

    Harvard Business Review: Why Kaiser Permanente Is Integrating Sustainability into Health Care Operations

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Andrew Winston
    Published June 12, 2012
    Harvard Business Review Blog Network

    Kaiser Permanente (KP), one of the largest health care providers in America, has a clear mission: improve health. In a surprising and welcome twist, KP is publicly recognizing that climate change threatens that mission. This health care leader is showing how an authentic, mission-driven connection to global issues can drive change.

    The topic of climate change has become so politicized, it's rare to hear company representatives and CEOs admit that they're taking a course of action...

  • Jun
    6
    2012

    HHI Becomes Founding Member of International Network to Reduce Hospital Environmental Footprint, Improve Human Health

    By: Eileen Secrest

    Washington, DC— The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) has joined the international Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network (GGHHN) as a founding member that will represent the U.S. healthcare sector in this global forum.  HHI is a U.S.-based collaboration of hospitals and three non-government organizations formed to improve public health by speeding the implementation of sustainable operations in the health care sector.  The GGHHN is an international initiative to reduce the health sector’s ecological footprint and promote public environmental health.

    The Healthier Hospitals...

  • Jun
    5
    2012

    Tiny doses of flame retardant have health impact, study finds

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Michael Hawthorne
    Published June 05, 2012
    Chicago Tribune

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Small doses of a flame retardant commonly added to furniture can trigger obesity, anxiety and developmental problems, according to the first independent study of a chemical promoted as safe by industry and government officials.

    Baby rats whose mothers ate tiny amounts of the chemical, known as Firemaster 550, gained significantly more weight than others that weren't exposed, according to a presentation today at a scientific conference in Winnipeg.

    The chemical made the...

  • May
    22
    2012

    New study of PVC blood bags

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    PVCfreeBloodBag.eu
    Raul Carlson, eco2win AB
    +46 (0)36 136 000; raul@eco2win.com

    A new report shows that blood bags made of DEHP-plasticised PVC pose a significant risk to human health, due to both DEHP and PVC.

    “This is a life-cycle assessment, LCA, which was commissioned by an EU Life+ project, PVCfreeBloodBag. The EU project aims to phase out the current blood bags in Europe and replace them with PVC-free alternatives,” says Raul Carlson, PhD, eco2win AB, the report’s author.

    A life cycle assessment is a method of acquiring an overview of the...

  • May
    22
    2012

    Health Facilities Management Highlights HHI

    By: Colleen Funkhouser

    By Jeff Ferenc, senior editor
    Published May 2012
    Health Facilities Management

    Hospitals that need guidance in either starting or accelerating their sustainability efforts have a new source of information and assistance with the launch of the new Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI).

    Eleven of the largest U.S. health care systems representing more than 500 hospitals have partnered with Health Care Without Harm, the Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth to create HHI, which launched in April.

    The program will provide participants with resources...

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