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Sustainable benefits: The incentives continue to grow for hospitals to reduce their impact on the environment

If it's the mission of hospitals everywhere to improve the health and well-being of patients, staff and the communities they serve, health care leaders stressed that sustainability is part of their mission at the "Greening America's Hospitals" conference at the White House earlier this year.

If you're not yet engaged in sustainability, you're "off the ranch" as one hospital executive at the conference bluntly put it. Considering the multitude of benefits that sustainability offers, it would be hard to disagree with that assessment.

In fact, those involved with health care facilities believe that hospitals are in prime position now and in the next five years to make sustainability part of their mission and business plan. Getting there, of course, is the challenge, but one in which they are better equipped to achieve, thanks to increased availability of information and new technology and design.

Complete Article: Health Facilities Management December 2012

This article first appeared in the December 2012 issue of HFM magazine.

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