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  • Greening the Hospital at HCA

    November 3rd, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    By Alan Yuspeh, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at HCA

    The sustainability effort of the 164 hospitals that are part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) is well documented in our sustainability plan.   We think you’ll find it of...

  • New Research Collaborative Study Shows that Going Green Saves Money

    November 2nd, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    By Susan Kaplan, JD Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Health and Director of the Health Care Research Collaborative

    Chicago, IL — There has long been a perception that “going green” costs more. Especially in the health care environment, where costs seem to be constantly escalating, sustainability may be perceived as “a luxury we can’t afford.”

    Yet we at the Health...

  • How do you present your brand?

    September 23rd, 2012 - 4:42 pm


    Author:  Janet Brown, Director of Facility Engagement and Outreach

    A brand is a feature that identifies your good or service as distinct from those of other sellers—it tells your prospects what differentiates your offering from other, similar offerings. If you are actively implementing sustainability initiatives in your facility, are you also including this work as part of your brand definition? 

  • 10 Years of CleanMed Value

    September 12th, 2012 - 8:54 am

    CleanMed is such a valuable educational opportunity. Each year hundreds of environmental health professionals from the Practice Greenhealth membership highlight their success stories, their how-tos, and what they did to achieve their accomplishments.

    This year, we opened registration earlier than ever because we expect record-breaking attendance in Boston April 24-26, 2013 for the 10-year anniversary of our CleanMed conference. The...

  • Snapshot of Sustainability: The 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report

    July 17th, 2012 - 4:46 pm

    By Lin Hill, Director of the Awards Program

    As Director of Awards, I am pleased to announce the release of Practice Greenhealth’s 2012 Sustainability Benchmark Report available for down load by Practice Greenhealth members. The report compiles a vast amount of data collected from the...

  • From Sustainability to the White House

    July 16th, 2012 - 11:40 am

    By Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System

    Of all the things Inova excels at, I never thought our sustainability program would be the thing to land us at the White House. After all, all five of our hospitals ranked top 20 in the country by US News & World Report! We protect the health of members of our community who would otherwise go without coverage. We treat sports stars, politicians, celebrities, and even ex-Vice...

  • Incorporating LEED HC into an HHI Hospital

    July 8th, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new LEED-Healthcare (LEED HC) program provides a way to measure sustainability in a medical facility. It follows the established LEED platform with additional credits aimed at the healthcare environment, and adds a health emphasis into a sustainable building project. If your facility is working on a building project, LEED HC is a good way to embed sustainability into the building.

    All LEED...

  • Examining the “cause of the cause” for sustainable hospitals

    July 1st, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    By Janet Brown Director of Facility Engagement and Director Of Content And Outreach, Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    The notion of looking for the cause of the cause is a familiar application in sustainability and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. For years, I implemented recycling and waste programs as the Waste Manager at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  We worked...

  • Are you up to the Safer Chemicals Challenge?

    June 20th, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    The recent series in the Chicago Tribune regarding the safety of flame retardants really caught the attention of our hospital members, who strive to remove unsafe chemicals from their facilities. As a result of this, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) sent letters to many manufacturers asking them to accelerate the development of interior furnishings products that do...

  • Health Care Research Collaborative Report Studies Human, Environmental Health Impacts

    May 8th, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Substituting mercury with alternative materials for dental fillings has less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a new report by the Health Care Research Collaborative. The Research Collaborative released “Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation,” which compares the health and...

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