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  • 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
    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
    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...

  • Apr
    25
    2012

    HCWH President Gary Cohen and Regional Director Bill Ravanesi Accept EPA New England Region Environmental Merit Awards

    By: Eileen Secrest

    (Boston, MA)  Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) President Gary Cohen, of Jamaica Plain, MA, and Bill Ravanesi, HCWH Boston Regional Director, of Longmeadow, MA, today accepted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Region Environmental Merit Award for their work in the region on behalf of Health Care Without Harm.  The awards, which are the highest awards bestowed by the EPA in the New England Region, were presented for “extraordinary accomplishments to protect New England's environment” in the Environmental, Community, Academia & Nonprofit category.

    In its...

  • Apr
    25
    2012

    Study Finds Heath Care Sustainability Has Tangible Financial and Job Growth Benefits

    By: Eileen Secrest

    (Washington, DC)  Embracing sustainability has tangible financial rewards and creates jobs, according to a new report  by the  Health Care Research Collaborative. The report, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability:  Leadership, Coordination and Performance Measurement Systems in Healthcare", was conducted by the Health Care Research Collaborative, a collaboration of Health Care Without Harm and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Report author Tonya Boone, PhD, found three elements that are key to a successful program:  1) there must be...

  • Apr
    3
    2012

    Leading Hospitals Challenge Sector to Improve Health, Reduce Costs. Watch the Press Conference

    video
    By: HHI Admin

    RESTON, VA—Few sectors of the economy consume as many resources – electricity, water, cleaning products, chemicals and food – as health care. As research linking environmental impact with chronic disease continues to emerge, it poses a unique question to hospitals. If their mission is to heal and promote health, shouldn’t reducing their environmental impact be part of their work?

    Healthier Hospitals Initiative Press Briefing, April 3, 2012 Video of Healthier Hospitals Initiative Press Briefing, April 3, 2012

    Yes, say more than 500 leading...

  • Mar
    26
    2012

    Healthier Hospitals Initiative Challenges Hospitals to Adopt Sustainability Measures for Better Health, Cost Savings

    By: HHI Admin

    What:
    Ten leading health systems are joining together on April 3 to challenge the health care industry to take healing and caring beyond hospital walls, through the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI).  HHI is aimed at dramatically improving the health care sector’s environmental footprint while saving billions in costs and improving the health and safety of patients, staff and the communities across the country.

    During the media briefing, HHI leadership will announce six new Challenges and launch a new national effort to speed adoption of key sustainable operations and...

  • Oct
    11
    2011

    Healthier Hospitals Initiative Supports Groundbreaking New Environmental Questions for Health Care

    By: HHI Admin

    (Herndon, VA)   The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is pleased to learn of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products, a collaborative of Practice Greenhealth and five major Group Purchases Organizations (GPO) representing over $135 billion in annual purchasing volume, which sets forth standard questions on chemical makeup and sustainability of products offered to the health care sector.  The questions will help hospitals find alternative products to help reduce their environmental footprint and find safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals.

    “This...

  • May
    10
    2011

    Inova Health System Joins Major Health Systems in the Healthier Hospital Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    (Fairfax, VA)   Inova Health System announced today that it has joined six other major hospital systems in the Healthier Hospital Initiative (HHI), a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to help speed the health care sector toward environmental sustainability.  Inova Health System joins the six hospital systems—Advocate Health Care, Catholic Healthcare West, Hospital Corporation of America, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar Health,  and Partners Healthcare—along with Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm and the Center for Health Design, that formed the Healthier...

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