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  • Greening in Healthcare

    November 1st, 2010 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Gary Laustsen, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc

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  • Going Green in America's Hospitals

    July 21st, 2010 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Anonymous
    Connecticut Post

    America's hospitals are discovering that going green not only helps the planet, but also their patients, their employees and their local communities.

    Hospitals nationwide have been at the forefront of the green movement with all kinds of environmentally sensitive innovations, from vegetative roofs and cogeneration units, to biodegradable bed pans.

  • Drugs in the Environment: Do Pharmaceutical Take-Back Programs Make a Difference?

    June 7th, 2010 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Naomi Lubick
    Environmental Health Perspectives

    The state of Maine experimented with drugs last year. The state had already tested several methods
for collecting unused pharmaceuticals, with varying degrees of success. After tracking surprisingly high concentrations of pharmaceuticals in landfill leachate —raising the potential for eventual ground and surface water contamination—the state decided to pursue a new tool to keep...

  • The greening of health care

    January 7th, 2010 - 10:14 pm
    In the News

    By Mark Sanchez
    Business Review West Michigan

    Accounting for 18 percent of the GDP in America and holding enormous purchasing power, health care is in a position to drive sustainability to new heights, Gary Cohen believes.

    From energy consumption to the use of chemicals and safer products, health care “can have a society-wide transformational power,” said Cohen, founder and co-executive director of Health Care...

  • HMC cuts waste by 15 percent

    February 9th, 2009 - 1:00 am
    In the News

    By Kaley Lyon
    The Hays Daily News Online

    For the past year, Hays Medical Center has been making efforts to go green.

    While patient care is priority No. 1, the hospital has been working to identify ways to be a good steward of community resources, said Rich Webb, director of materials and plant services.

    "We all have to live in this community, and if there's ways we can make it better ... we want to incorporate those...

  • Going, Going Green: Earth-friendly ideas to provide health care without harm.

    December 8th, 2008 - 1:00 am
    In the News

    By Kristen Ziegler
    ADVANCE for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine

    Going, Going Green
    Hospitals nationwide are looking good in green. More than two-thirds of health care decision makers plan to invest in energy efficiency this year. Respiratory therapists who join their hospitals' green teams can play a vital role in developing successful pollution prevention programs. They can advocate for reprocessing pulse...

  • Hospital surplus going to overseas facilities

    November 5th, 2008 - 10:28 pm
    In the News

    By Victoria Colliver
    San Francisco Chronicle

    About 6,500 boxes of medical supplies - sterile surgical sutures, syringes, gloves, slightly used walkers and wheelchairs, exam tables, gauze bandages - are piled up in a San Leandro warehouse, waiting to be shipped off to developing countries and health clinics that need them.

    The warehouse, which started accepting supplies in August and is just beginning to ship the goods...

  • The Bright Side of Energy Conservation: Using Renewable Sources Saves Money, Reduces Emissions

    November 1st, 2008 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Gina Pugliese and Nick DeDominicis
    Materials Management in Health Care

    Hospitals are behind other industries in employing energy conservation initiatives, including the use of renewable energy sources. But times are changing as they realize that wasted energy drains their bottom lines and that they have a responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint for the health of the environment and surrounding communities. Energy-saving...

  • Consultant: Hospitals among top polluters

    October 18th, 2008 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Michael Moore
    The Missoulian

    The nation's health care system is the second-largest contributor to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions in the country.

    Hospitals use more energy than any industry other than national defense, and 30 percent of the mercury in the environment comes from medical incinerators.

    "That just doesn't make sense," said Beth Eckl, a consultant who works with Practice Greenhealth, a group...

  • New green health care facility opens in North America

    October 8th, 2008 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Jennifer Chait

    Kaiser Permanente’s new Modesto Medical Center opened last week, as one of the greenest facilities in America. This is an interesting development, and hopefully, more medical and other public-minded facilities will follow suit. Since opening, the hospital has received national recognition from environmental advocates as one of the “greenest” health care facilities in North America. This is Kaiser...

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