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Greening the OR Symposium: Event Will Help Hospitals Increase Efficiency, Reduce Waste

(Tampa, FL)— Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership organization for health care institutions committed to sustainable practices, will host its first annual Greening the OR Symposium—sponsored by Synergy Health—in Tampa on Wednesday, September 4.

Operating rooms are a major consumer of hospital resources, with supply costs often making up over 50 percent of an OR’s total budget. In addition, operating rooms produce a disproportional amount of waste—between 20 and 30 percent of a hospital’s total waste volume. Practice Greenhealth began the Greening the OR® Initiative to help hospitals and health care facilities of all sizes reduce environmental impact, reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve worker and patient safety.

As part of the Symposium, attendees will discuss the milestones and innovative ideas and strategies needed to overcome cost, staff and supply chain challenges, and discuss concepts in sustainability that will result in further progress.

Bill Braun, President of Reusable Surgical Solutions division of Synergy Health will speak about how this Tampa-based company is pioneering environmentally preferable supplies in the nation’s operating rooms. Synergy offers reusable gowns, towels, drapes and stainless products. The service provided by Synergy Health has helped hospitals across the United States avoid sending their OR waste to landfills, which between 2000 and 2013 equates to over 161 million pounds of prevented waste.


The Greening the OR Symposium


Practice Greenhealth
Health care leaders interested in increasing efficiencies in the OR


September 4, 2013, 8:00am-7:30pm


Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, Tampa, Florida


Inspire new ideas about how hospitals can reduce impacts and cut costs in the OR.
Learn about the benefits of reusable textiles, including gowns, towels, drapes and stainless.
Exchange best practices and learn from success stories.

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About Practice Greenhealth:

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in health care that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth membership, visit

About Synergy Health:

Synergy Health is a global provider of specialized outsourced services to the healthcare market. In the United States, Synergy Health provides contract sterilization for medical devices; sterilization for surgical instrumentation; and reusable surgical gowns, drapes, towels and stainless products. For more information on Synergy Health’s products and services visit www.synergyhealthplc.comor call (813) 891-9550.


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