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  • St. Mary's Hospital Prescribes Green Medicine

    August 16th, 2008 - 12:00 am
    In the News

    By Judith E. Allen
    The BayNet

    Eight months ago St. Mary’s Hospital formed a green team dedicated to implementing green practices throughout the hospital. 

    “We are setting and example to be good stewards of the environment,” said Marc Boucot, vice president at the hospital and creator of the team.  He added the...

  • Sentara Williamsburg: Trash Police Turning This Hospital Green

    August 15th, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Veronica Gorley Chufo
    Daily Press

    Try to put something recyclable in the trash bin at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, and you might get caught.

    Members of the hospital's Green Team are sort of like school hall monitors. But instead of busting students who aren't where they're supposed to be, they keep an eye on the hospital's trash, making sure that anything recyclable ends up in the recycle bin and not the...

  • Green from the Get-Go: Approaches to Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

    August 1st, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Lara Sutherland
    Materials Management in Health Care

    Several of health care’s leading environmental organizations have joined forces to better serve the community at large. Operating under the banner Practice Greenhealth, the not-for-profit, member-supported organization  offers a broad array of resources to help hospitals achieve environmental excellence. Many of these programs will be available to materials managers and...

  • Think Green

    August 1st, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Chris Serb
    H&HN Magazine

    Traditionally, not much about hospitals has been considered “green,” unless you count the Jell-O. With incinerators belching noxious fumes from their smokestacks, HVAC plants humming 24/7, loads of harmful substances on-site, and mass quantities of plastics and disposable materials, hospitals have never practiced aggressive environmental stewardship. Many observers would even cite hospitals as a key...

  • Preventative Medicine for the Planet

    July 28th, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By The Green A-Team
    Green Air Radio

    Is the treatment of medical waste by our hospitals harming us and our planet?

    It’s one thing to worry about receiving the best possible care from a hospital when you’re sick but it’s another to worry about becoming sick because of a hospital.

    According to the EPA, nearly all medical waste, including used plastic syringes and discarded organs, is incinerated. This dirty disposal...

  • Medicine Starts Thinking Green

    July 22nd, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Sarah Rubenstein
    The Wall Street Journal Health Blog

    Here’s a reason we hadn’t heard before to support a move to electronic medical records: It’s environmentally friendly.

    The tree-sparing virtue of electronic records was a plus for a Washington medical practice that’s switching to a high-tech system. The practice, the Washington Wellness Institute, also boasts that its physical plant is entirely free of toxins and that...

  • Medicine Gears Up for a Code Green: Doctors, Hospitals Put Environment on their Charts

    July 22nd, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Lindsay Minnema
    Washington Post

    Tossing out everything from plastic bandages and cotton swabs to hospital robes after a single use, the U.S. medical industry generates more than 2 million tons of waste per year, environmental advocates say. Some of that waste makes its way to incinerators and, when burned, releases dioxin, mercury and other toxins.

    Is it ironic that the industry we trust to protect our health is...

  • Healthcare Execs Stress Energy Efficiency

    July 22nd, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Anonymous
    Environmental Leader

    The American Society for Healthcare Engineering and Johnson Controls, recently released the 2008 Healthcare Energy Efficiency Indicator study, which shows that healthcare executives place a higher priority on energy efficiency than executives in other industries.

    Sixty-five percent of healthcare respondents called energy efficiency “extremely important,” or “very important,” compared with...

  • Midwest Hospital Recognized for Green Initiatives: Wisconsin Governor Recognizes Sacred Heart Hospital's Environmental Leadership

    July 18th, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Emily Barry
    Market Watch

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis., July 17, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Many hospitals are taking steps to be environmentally friendly, but Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH) continues to lead by example to do what is best for the environment. Recently, SHH was one of only six hospitals nationwide to be awarded the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) for their innovative programs that set industry...

  • Biz Briefcase: Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services

    July 15th, 2008 - 12:00 am
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    By Anonymous
    The Eagle-Tribune

    Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services (MIHCS) has won national recognition for its commitment to the environment, taking home two awards from the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Summit held recently in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    At the Environmental Excellence Summit, the organization received a Partner Recognition Award for its effort in creating a healthier environment — for patients,...

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