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CleanMed Envisions the 21st Century hospital

By Aura Rose
HealthCare Design

We celebrated, educated each other, and shared our goals for greening healthcare at CleanMed 2008 in Pittsburgh. More than 500 healthcare providers, physicians, researchers, architects, and other decision makers from around the world came together to talk about real solutions being utilized right now by real hospitals to lessen the impact of our industry.

“By its very nature, healthcare can be unwittingly harming the environment,” says Anna Gilmore Hall, RN, executive director of Health Care Without Harm. “But attitudes are changing across the healthcare system. What we are seeing now would have been unimaginable a decade ago. We can envision the hospital of the 21st century being carbon-neutral, toxic-free, water-balanced, with minimal waste production.”

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