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  • Health Care May be in a State of Flux — But Health Care Sustainability is Here to Stay

    March 20th, 2017 - 4:06 pm
    In the News

    [From Ensia] Mercury used to be commonplace in a variety of products used in health care settings, including thermometers, cleaning agents and electronic devices, such as fluorescent lamps and computer equipment. Mercury...

  • Sneak Preview: Green Employee Benefits!

    March 6th, 2017 - 12:20 pm
    Announcements

    By Lauren Kleinman Koch, MA, MENR, Outreach and Engagement Specialist


    Practice GreenhealthAccording to 2014 survey from NSI Nursing Solutions, Inc., employee turnover rate for the health care industry was 16.5 percent and the average cost of turnover for a bedside registered nurse (RN) ranges from $44,380 to $63,400. That’s for one nurse!

    As health care continues to find ways to cut...

  • Jumping Waves with Aunt Frances

    March 6th, 2017 - 9:59 am
    Announcements

    Janet Howard, Director of Member Engagement Practice Greenhealth and Director of Healthier Hospitals

    March 22 is World Water Day - As a pisces, I have always been a water person. Before I knew how to swim, I would wear a “bubble” (that’s what we called it), which was a strapped-on styrofoam (uh oh) float that held me up.  My family would laugh because my legs never stopped moving, like i was pedaling a bike in the water....

  • Major Food Service Management Companies Help to Fill the GAP for Hospital Chicken Needs

    February 16th, 2017 - 3:34 pm
    Blog

    Hillary Greenwood, National Procurement Director, Health Care Without Harm, Healthy Food in Health Care Program

    2016 was a momentous year for addressing routine antibiotic use and animal welfare in broiler chicken production. While many commitments were made in 2015 and earlier, 2016 was the year when retail, fast food, and food management sectors manifested these promises in a variety of ways. Restaurants...

  • The Environmental Excellence Awards

    February 7th, 2017 - 10:51 am
    Blog

    Each year, a growing number of Practice Greenhealth members participate in the Environmental Excellence Awards. It’s safe to say, the awards applications are a considerable undertaking, and require team participation, coaxing and follow-through in order to complete an award submission. Given the workload, why do hospitals continue to participate? Beyond the resulting recognition, how is the awards process adding value to...

  • Practice Greenhealth’s Sustainability Benchmark Report Shows Strong Progress in Environmental Performance Among Nation’s Leading Hospitals

    January 4th, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Press Releases

    Details health care sustainability trends across key areas: green purchasing, safer chemicals, climate change mitigation, energy and waste reduction, local and sustainable food

    Washington, DC – Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, released today its eighth annual Sustainability Benchmark Report....

  • Over 70 Hospitals Engaged in Conscientious Culinary Creativity for Food Day

    December 7th, 2016 - 12:19 pm
    Blog

    Blog posted by the Healthy Food Team of Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

    To celebrate Food Day in 2016, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth teamed up with Menus of Change, an initiative of The Culinary Institute of America and...

  • Florida Health Systems Share Regional Energy and Water Efficiency Best Practices

    December 6th, 2016 - 4:31 am
    Blog

    By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    In 2016, the state of Florida saw states of emergencies as a result of a massive algae bloom in its fresh water supply, the arrival of the...

  • UHBikes: A new, fun way to explore Cleveland

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:28 am
    Announcements

    Matthew Pietro, Sustainability Specialist and Sarah O’Keeffe, Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals

    Bike share is an active way to move around and in between different parts of the city -- giving public access to bikes for a fee. Cleveland, Ohio now has its own bike share system, called UHBikes, sponsored by University Hospitals.

    ...

  • Research Shows That OR Waste Prevention Strategies Add Up

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:24 am
    Announcements

    Researchers at the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery studied 58 neurosurgery procedures and found that these cases wasted an average of $653 in unused disposable surgical supplies. That added up to $968 per case or $2.9 million per year.

    Although results varied widely, they found correlations between surgeon, case type and case category, while case length and the years a surgeon had been operating were not big indicators of waste at the...

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