Archive for the ‘News’ Category
August 8th, 2014
Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s 2013 Milestone Report Shows Sustainability Trends Catching on Among U.S. Hospitals
August 7th, 2014
- Hospitals continued to move away from disposing of medical devices after one use. More than $45 million was saved as a result of single-use medical device reprocessing, a 33 percent increase in 2012.
July 25th, 2014
The Greening the OR Symposium celebrates progress and milestones made on the journey to promoting environmentally friendly practices in the operating room and invites new thinking in innovative ideas to overcome our challenges, and strategies that will result in new areas to address to drive further progress.During the course of a one day workshop, discussion will cover strategies in the OR to reduce the environmental footprint and how to engage key stakeholders to make lasting changes. Topics will include energy and water reduction, waste minimization, environmentally preferable purchasing, and more. Read more here.
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.
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.
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
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
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 . . .
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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
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