Hospitals implement new recycling program to “green the operating room”

Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Hospitals implement new recycling program to “green the operating room”

July 18th, 2014

Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) and Emory University Hospital (EUH) are going green, thanks to a new comprehensive waste management plan. The hospitals are on a mission to reduce and divert waste by implementing a new recycling program in the operating rooms (ORs) and other patient care areas.

Emory Healthcare, which includes seven hospitals, and Emory University have a combined goal of diverting landfill waste by 65 percent across all of Emory by 2015 through sophisticated recycling and composting programs. Emory University Hospital Midtown kicked off the recycling program in May, and Emory University Hospital is just beginning its new recycling efforts.

Full story here.

Wisconsin-based health system nearing ‘total energy independence’

July 17th, 2014

For Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin, energy efficiency and sustainability nirvana is within sight. Gundersen projects that before the end of the year it will achieve total energy independence, making it the first U.S. healthcare system to do so, its leaders say. Gundersen, which includes four hospitals and about 75 medical and specialty clinics serving patients in three states, started a program called Envision that provided a broad strategy to offset its energy consumption through conservation and renewable energy projects, most involving local businesses.

Full story here.

Healthcare System Will Face Costs of Global Warming

July 1st, 2014

“The healthcare system as a whole, knowing how much it will cost, can begin to put pressure and engage in climate discussion because [climate change] will end up driving costs. The hospitals have to be prepared, some hospitals may go out of business because there will be places where no one is left alive. Miami? Who’s going to live in Miami? The heat is rising, the water is rising … who’s going to move the [healthcare] personnel [to another less hot state]? Will North Dakota build bigger hospitals to take up the surge of people who are moving up there?

Full story here

Johns Hopkins Researcher: “Climate change on hospitals is often overlooked”

June 26th, 2014

The United States healthcare system must prepare for climate change‘s impact, Al Sommer, M.D., dean emeritus of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, told Kaiser Health News in an interview. The effect of climate change on hospitals is often overlooked, Sommer told KHN. In heavily populated areas, excessive heat could lead to situations similar tothe 1995 Chicago heat wave, when 700 people died in a one-week period.

Sommer helped oversee development of a report released this week, “American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States,” which examines the effects of climate change on economics, and elaborated on the ramifications to the healthcare system.

Full story here


Shrinking Your Carbon Footprint: The Green Operating Room

June 25th, 2014

You have the power to create an environmentally responsible surgical facility, and you won’t have to install rooftop gardens, solar panels or water-free urinals to do so. Your greening efforts can start and stop in your operating rooms, home of the energy-sucking overhead lights and land of the clean waste that somehow ends up in red bags. Here are some simple ideas you can implement today that will instantly make your facility a little more environmentally responsible . . .

Full story here

Promoting Sustainable Procurement Trends

June 18th, 2014

There is no doubt that many facility managers are now taking the next step in making their facilities more sustainable. On their agendas are ways to achieve “zero waste” and significantly reduce water and energy consumption—all while reducing facility operating costs. To achieve these goals, many are turning to their facility maintenance distributors, who are in turn becoming increasingly astute about the ways in which facilities can be not only healthier but also more sustainable.

Full story here

American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Releases Sustainability Report, Cites Reprocessing

June 5th, 2014

Earlier this week, FierceHealthFinance published a story on bolstering hospital finances through green initiatives, in which they cited a new ‘green’ guide  released by the American Hospital Association (AHA).  The report lists medical device reprocessing as an effective supply chain solution to help hospitals become more sustainable (p. 19).

Hospitals and hospital systems could reap millions of dollars a year in savings by making their infrastructure greener, according to a new guide published by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The guide places a value on some of the sustainable practices that acute care providers can implement. “In the current healthcare climate, sustainability efforts must be financially viable to succeed long term. Hospitals and care systems around the country are already saving resources by adopting sustainability measures,” the guide states.

Read the full Sustainability Report here

Dan Vukelich Moderates Panel at CleanMed Conference

June 5th, 2014

AMDR President Dan Vukelich is moderating a panel today at the 2014 CleanMed Conference: We are the Champions!  Single Use and Singular Savings, Learn How to Become Your Facility’s Medical Device Reprocessing Champion.  CleanMed is the nation’s premier sustainability conference for the healthcare sector and is being held at the groundbreaking Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.

Click here to see details on the agenda.

Health Without Harm – Prescriptions for the Heathcare Industry’s Ills

May 22nd, 2014

While disposable, individually wrapped products may be an easy way to ensure sterilization, they create an incredible amount of waste. At Mills-Peninsula and other hospitals around the country, administrators are looking to reprocessing companies to take used products—often catheters, surgical instruments, drills, bits and blades—and remanufacture them to make them “new” again. The items are cleaned and sterilized (sharpened if necessary), then returned to the hospital ready to be used again. This is a controversial option since some have raised concerns about the safety of reusing medical devices, but Lee said it is a great way to reduce unnecessary waste.

Full story here

First Do No Harm: Why Sustainable Healthcare Needs You

May 21st, 2014

It’s no coincidence then that, as the focus on health care quality intensifies, we are also seeing an expanded emphasis on sustainability. Industry organizations like Practice Green Health and Healthier Hospitals Initiative are expanding their efforts nationally and internationally. And health care sustainability leaders are becoming more sophisticated in their efforts.

Despite all of this great work, health care sustainability efforts often haven’t been included in the broader sustainability conversation. Without this cross-pollination of sustainability ideas with other industries, health care can sometimes lack innovation.

Full story here