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  • IRS allows hospitals to claim credit for environmentally responsible activities

    May 23rd, 2012 - 11:43 am
    In the News

    Catholic Health World, Volume 28, Number 10, June 1, 2012

    IRS allows hospitals to claim credit for environmentally responsible activities

    By KIM VAN OOSTEN

    DENVER — Environmental sustainability and policy leaders from Catholic health care and other health care organizations meeting here at CleanMed 2012 had high praise for an IRS...

  • Greener ORs: Keys to making the business case

    May 10th, 2012 - 3:26 pm
    In the News

    OR Manager, Vol. 28 No. 5, May 2012

    Perioperative staff and managers face a variety of pressures: improving processes, enhancing patient outcomes, documenting savings, meeting regulations, and more, all in a time of tighter budgets. With so much to balance, it can be difficult to consider (much less sell to upper management) the idea of greening the operating room. That’s especially...

  • Hospitals at risk for hazardous pharmaceutical waste violations

    March 14th, 2012 - 2:29 pm
    In the News

    By: Fred Gebhart, Contributing Editor
    Drug Topics 

    Hospitals and health systems are organizing the industry’s vast purchasing power to push manufacturers of medical products to make them with safer chemicals and to be more environmentally friendly.

    Five large groups that buy $130 billion of these products every year on...

  • Reducing Chemical Exposure for Children in Hospitals, Sizewise Introduces New Specialized Pediatric Mattress Line

    February 28th, 2012 - 10:06 am
    In the News

    Sizewise, a growing and diversified medical equipment manufacturer, today announced the industry’s first pediatric mattress line that is free of harmful chemicals of concern for patients and care providers. The Sizewise pediatric mattress line is made in the United States to meet and exceed the newest industry guidelines and certifications for environmental sustainability. 

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  • Hospitals, health groups use purchasing power to push for greener medical products

    October 13th, 2011 - 11:33 am
    In the News

    By Lena H. Sun
    The Washigton Post

    Hospitals and health systems are organizing the industry’s vast purchasing power to push manufacturers of medical products to make them with safer chemicals and to be more environmentally friendly.

    Five large groups that buy $130 billion of these products every year on behalf of hospitals and other health-care facilities have adopted a standard set of questions they want vendors...

  • Hospitals Boost Sustainability Efforts, Reduce Environmental Impact

    July 19th, 2011 - 9:49 am
    In the News

    Infection Control Today

    The healthcare industry is rife with opportunities to reduce the environmental impact it creates, with the added benefits of institutional financial gain, improved patient outcomes, better staff health and reduced turnover, and community benefit, according to a report from Practice Greenhealth and from the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations. An increasing number of healthcare institutions are...

  • Simple Steps Help Set Green Product Criteria

    June 8th, 2011 - 11:12 am
    In the News

    By Greg Zimmerman, Executive Editor
    FacilitiesNet

    Most facility managers have a good general idea of what constitutes a green product: It has a lower environmental impact than similar products of the same kind. But it's when delving into the details of that definition that the difficulty arises. The idea of matching organizational priorities — ensuring good indoor air quality, nixing particular chemicals, etc. — with product...

  • Green features help transform hospital

    January 26th, 2011 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Andy Miller
    Georgia Health News

    The greenest hospital in Georgia was considered a dinosaur five years ago. Its electrical and mechanical systems were outdated, its brick façade breaking down, its emergency department and patient rooms poorly configured.

    Now, a $43 million transformation of the hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, has created an up-to-date facility with environmentally friendly...

  • Health Watch: Can Hospitals Go Green?

    January 11th, 2011 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Staff Reports
    Gatehouse News Service

    For hospitals, going green can be a challenge. However, the health care industry has been making important changes so that facilities become not only stewards of patients, but also stewards of the earth.

    "Because of their 24-hour nature and the need for infection control, hospitals have, historically, been one of the biggest generators of waste and consumers of water and electricity...

  • Metrics Today, Metrics Tomorrow

    January 1st, 2011 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Janet Brown
    Healthcare Design

    Based on a sustainable building session, “Trends in Greening-Where Does Your Facility Fall in the Greening Spectrum?” presented at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN.10 Conference, November 13-16, 2010, in Las Vegas.

    Medical waste incinerators are a major source of mercury in the environment; newborn babies are born with more than 200 industrial chemicals in their bodies; the President's...

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