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  • Following our food: How health care can inform the data revolution and bring transparency to the plate

    July 31st, 2017 - 12:55 pm

    By Thresa Pattee, food program coordinator

    Imagine a world where food is traced from farm to fork, using data that can be accessed at the touch of a screen. Photos, ingredients, micro-nutrients, packaging details, production location and sustainability attributes, etc. — all the information needed to make purchasing, dietary, and culinary decisions — updated by producers and manufacturers across the globe in real...

  • Chart success via free EPA tools: EPA SmartWay

    July 31st, 2017 - 12:38 pm

    EPA SmartWay is an open-access, voluntary, market-driven partnership to help businesses move goods in the cleanest, most efficient way possible. Since 2004, the program has provided a consistent set of tools and information, enabling companies across the supply chain to enhance the fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles.

    More than 3,000 of the nation’s shippers, including many Fortune 500 companies, are using...

  • Practice Greenhealth & ACCO Announce Partnership

    June 5th, 2017 - 3:28 pm

    For a Limited Time, Members Can Access On-Demand Training to Build Knowledge and Begin Earning ACCO's Professional Credentials.

    Practice Greenhealth is constantly looking for ways to enrich your experience as an organizational member. One way is by collaborating with organizations that share a common...

  • On the Road with Practice Greenhealth: June 2017 Greenbeat

    June 5th, 2017 - 3:03 pm

    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Welcomed Hermine Levey Weston

    By Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA

    My father, an oral surgeon, was what we nurses referred to as a “tough patient.” When hospitalized, I saw more than one surgical or anesthesia resident slink from his room when he demanded the “attending” physician.  He complained about the food and...

  • Greening the Operating Room

    June 5th, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement Manager, Greening the OR

    Summer might be a time to slow down, relax, enjoy the longer sunshine hours, but for the Greening the OR team, the fun is just getting started! *That’s not really true, the Greening the OR fun has been going on for the last couple of years, I just wanted to start off with a cute saying. Here’s a recap:

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  • On the Road with Practice Greenhealth

    April 3rd, 2017 - 9:20 am

    Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    Climate Reality Leadership Training with Al Gore

    For three days in early March, I was immersed in an amazing collage of humanity focused on the greater good. I was one of 972 attendees from 32 countries around the world selected to be trained by Vice President Al Gore and environmental experts at the Climate Reality Project Leadership Training...

  • Sneak Preview: Green Employee Benefits!

    March 6th, 2017 - 1:20 pm

    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

    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....

  • UHBikes: A new, fun way to explore Cleveland

    November 1st, 2016 - 9:28 am

    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

    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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