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  • Poco a Poco – Sharing Jaibon, Dominican Republic – Janet Brown

    March 16th, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Two weeks ago, my daughter Franni and I (along with two other moms and their 8th grade girls) embarked on a volunteer trip to Jaibon, Dominican Republic through a not for profit— Outreach 360. We spent the week teaching English to children aged kindergarten through sixth grade and worked on a project associated with a boy’s orphanage that homed 22 amazing boys. The school principal and orphanage founder were one in the same – “La...

  • Become a Change Agent

    February 15th, 2012 - 1:31 am

    Change for the good is something we should all strive for. A change agent is someone who "alters human capability or organizational systems to achieve a higher degree of output or self actualization."

    What does this mean in a health care setting? We want to make changes that stick, that result in enabling staff to do more. 

    A change agent holds a vision of what could be and uses that as their driving force. They aren’t...

  • Spreading the Word

    January 11th, 2012 - 4:44 pm

    As stewardship programs mature, communication and marketing departments are joining with Green Teams to strategize about how to communicate stewardship activities to staff, patients and the community. Effective communication and engagement strategies can extend the commitment beyond the walls of the organization, into the community and into homes. Engaging people individually can help them become champions of organizational goals. While...

  • Leadership Inspires

    December 17th, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Health care leadership can often describe the moment they had their personal “AHA!” moment around health care environmental stewardship and the role leadership can play in transforming to a culture of environmental excellence. It’s the moment they realized that going green is more than a blue bin by the copier, more than carrying a reusable shopping bag or driving a Prius. Those are all important components, but the AHA! moment pulled it all...

  • BLOG: Data, Normalizers and Benchmarks—OH MY!

    November 22nd, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    We are all familiar with baseline data collection, goal setting and performance measurement. We use measurable goals for joint commission, for green team progress, quality improvement and more. Environmental stewardship and “going green” can be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively, and the Practice Greenhealth 3rd Annual Sustainability Benchmark Report is the “go to” source for sustainability benchmarks in health care....

  • BLOG: The Balance ... the dance ... oops, was that your foot?

    November 12th, 2011 - 11:49 am

    "May I have this dance?" versus dancing alone, in the dark!

    Pushing for environmental improvement in the complex health care (or any) setting takes a special kind of person.  Most are passionate, firmly committed, enthusiastic and energetic. Pushy? Most likely! We want to get things done by any means necessary!  But, like Mick says,” You can’t always get what you want.” Doors shut, resistance ensues and some...

  • Practice Greenhealth is Greening the Supply Chain

    October 10th, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Yesterday, I attended the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) annual conference.  A few really exceptional things happened.  First, HIGPA announced their new name – Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA).  Congratulations to the new HSCA on the exciting opportunities ahead of you!

    Second, Practice Greenhealth announced the launch of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical...

  • Green Cleaning in Health Care: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research Study

    October 9th, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    The Health Care Research Collaborative, working closely with Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, publishes a series of white papers that explore existing research and identify research gaps in a number of areas of health care safety. Recently, we identified a need for studies to determine the impact of green cleaning program on health outcomes in...

  • Physician Leadership Critical to Greening the OR Initiative

    September 30th, 2011 - 9:43 am

    By Jodi Sherman, MD, Guest Blogger -

    In the operating room, the stakes are high and moments count. Great measures are taken to prevent bad outcomes. At the same time, the most recent and conservative Practice Greenhealth estimate places annual hospital waste at 5.9 million tons per year in the United States alone. Perioperative services is the single largest clinical generator of trash in all of health care, responsible for upwards of...

  • What’s Good for the Environment is Good for Health Care

    August 29th, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    As hospitals are recognized for sustainable innovation throughout the year, we all benefit from reduced environmental footprints, less polluting environments, and the demand for less toxic products.  It’s motivating to take a good look at how your hospital has become healthier, your employees have become more engaged, and your patient outcomes have improved this year. 

    As the summer ends and we begin to move toward the fall...

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