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

    November 22nd, 2011 - 2:26 pm
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    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 - 10:49 am
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    "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 - 10:51 am
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    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 - 12:15 pm
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    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 - 8:43 am
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    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 - 1:31 pm
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    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...

  • Leadership in Employee Engagement

    July 20th, 2011 - 9:21 am
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    Attracting and retaining the most talented employees is important in today’s difficult economy.  In the health care sector, as well as in other industries, smart leaders are recognizing that they can achieve this by showcasing their green practices.

    Engaging in sustainable practices creates a sense of pride in your employees, and that pride shines through in your business success.  Organizations that win awards celebrating...

  • Sustainability: Trend or Long-standing Movement?

    April 5th, 2011 - 9:16 pm
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    While I was driving on the busy highway yesterday, on my daily route from work to home, it occurred to me how many “smart” cars are on the road compared to just five years ago.  The use of hybrid and electric vehicles has catapulted in recent times, and, especially here in our nation’s Capitol, I think people are really starting to get the green movement.

    Personal adoption of sustainability practices is one thing, but what about...

  • 'Manage' Your Way To Sustainability

    April 5th, 2011 - 7:00 am
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    As I learn what innovative organizations are doing, I’m inspired by the intelligence and passion of the individuals on green teams.  They are truly diving change in the workplaces. One of the most important success factors for these teams is support from executive leadership. Buy-in and participation at the highest level means the teams are aligned with the mission and vision of the organization.

    Effective leaders set the tone,...

  • Effective Leadership

    March 25th, 2011 - 9:42 am
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    I’ve had the privilege of meeting many important leaders in industry, government and higher education.  Everyone is different—there is no doubt about that!  However, I’ve observed three common leadership characteristics that effective leaders tend to possess.

    First, they often have a high level of education and training, which creates a context for their professional activities and the decisions they make.  Second, they...

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