Working Collaboratively is Key to HHI Success
By John Messervy, AIA, Director of Capital and Facility Planning for Partners HealthCare
Chair of HHI
When the NGOs and hospitals that created the Healthier Hospitals Initiative first considered collaborating to accelerate environmental sustainability in the health care sector, they were well aware of the effect on the markets of their combined purchasing power working toward the same goal. Last week, when the 11 hospital sponsors of Healthier Hospitals Initiative wrote to manufacturers of hospital furnishings to say that they are looking to purchase furnishings made without halogenated flame retardants, they put this purchasing power to good use. A purchasing power of more than $20 billion should give manufacturers incentive to ensure there are more non-HFR products on the market.
The collaborative nature of HHI is what sets it apart and what ensures its success. HHI is the health care industry, working together for the benefits of patients, staff, and the community. Working collaboratively, the hospitals that have the means to do so can influence the market so that all hospitals can take advantage of increased selection of sustainable products, fair market prices, and information on what they are purchasing. As HHI continues to identify areas where hospitals can insert their purchasing power to further the sustainability progress, it will do so. In this way, working together as a group, HHI can address issues that hospitals cannot address alone—and that indeed, is the reason why HHI exists.