FIRST-EVER Healthier Hospitals Initiative's 2012 Milestone Report

Data from U.S. Hospitals Shows Decreased Environmental Impacts and Costs

For Release: April 25, 2013, 9:00 a.m. EDT

Contact: Sheri Singer,, 703-346-7111, @sherisinger
               Robin Buckley,, 703-201-3524
In the first-ever Healthier Hospitals Initiative 2012 Milestone Report released today, 370 HHI-member hospitals indicate that they have reduced their environmental footprint, lowered costs and improved patient health by incorporating sustainability initiatives into their business models. This is the first time hospitals have quantified sustainability efforts by collecting and reporting data to show movement.
Launched in April 2012, HHI is a national campaign to improve health of patients, staff, and the community; reduce environmental impact by the sector; and experience considerable fiscal savings that reduce the overall national health care costs through better public health.
The data in the report was collected from HHI-member hospitals in six key “Challenge" areas: Engaged Leadership, Healthier Food, Leaner Energy, Less Waste, Safer Chemicals, and Smarter Purchasing.
"HHI is a multi-year campaign and our first Milestone Report shows movement toward delivering a more sustainable hospital environment," said Gary Cohen, president, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and founder of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. "This report is a baseline from which we can move forward and continue to measure our future successes by encouraging hospitals to purchase more environmentally-preferable supplies, serve healthier foods, use less energy, reduce waste and more."
Led by 13 sponsoring health systems that represent more than 500 hospitals with more than $20 billion in purchasing power, and in conjunction with three nonprofit organizations—HCWH, The Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth—HHI aims to advocate for environmentally responsible health practices by spurring sustainable change across the health care industry.
Each HHI member has committed to improve the health and safety of patients, staff and communities by implementing at least one of the Challenges. The 2012 HHI Milestone Report summarizes the Initiative’s first year of progress, with 370 HHI enrollees of all sizes and types contributing their experiences to the data. Some of the report’s key findings include:
  • More than 50 million pounds of materials recycled, plus an additional 61.5 million pounds of construction and demolition waste kept out of landfills through reuse and recycling.
  • About $32 million in savings resulting from single-use medical device reprocessing.
  • Nearly $9 million spent on local/sustainable food options.
  • Almost $19 million spent on healthier, PVC/DEHP-free medical products.

The 25 success stories highlighted in the report represent hospitals of varying sizes and geographic locations from across the U.S. including:

  • Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook IL (Chicago)
  • Beaumont Health System: Oakland County, MI
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Bon Secours, Baltimore, MD
  • Catholic Health Initiatives Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA
  • Dignity Health San Francisco, CA
  • Gundersen Health LaCrosse, WI
  • Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, TN
  • Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Medical Center, Newport Beach, Irvine, CA
  • Inova, Falls Church, VA (DC)
  • Kaiser Permenante, Oakland CA
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Partners HealthCare, Boston
  • Portland VA Medical Center, Portland OR
  • Poudre Valley Hospital, University of Colorado Health North, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Rady's Children's Hospital: San Diego
  • Stanford University Medical Center: Palo Alto, CA (San Francisco, San Jose)
  • Tenet Healthcare, Dallas TX
  • The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Ontario
  • Union Hospital, Elkton, MD
  • University of California--San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco
  • University Hospitals: UH Case Medical Center/UH Ahuja Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Vanguard, Nashville TN; MetroWest Medical Center, Boston
  • Vidant Chowan (Edenton, NC) and Vidant Bertie (Windsor, NC) Hospitals
  • Yale New Haven, New Haven, CT
"HHI has achieved much in its first year. From a successful April 2012 launch in Washington, D.C., to press coverage from the Washington Business Journal and Financial Times; from a White House Panel on Greening America’s Hospitals to strategic partnerships the force behind the HHI has been noticed by the White House and the nationwide business community," said John Messervy, AIA, Director of Capital & Facility Planning, Partners HealthCare Inc. "We look forward to continued growth and our second Milestone Report in 2014."
To learn more about the campaign, or to download a copy of the full report, visit
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About the Healthier Hospitals Initiative
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national campaign to implement a new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector. Led by 13 sponsoring organizations and three nonprofits, HHI challenges hospitals to reduce waste in six Challenge areas: Engaged Leadership, Healthier Food, Leaner Energy, Less Waste, Safer Chemicals and Smarter Purchasing. More information is available at