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  • Gundersen installs medication disposal containers for public drop off

    January 5th, 2015 - 11:19 pm
    Press Releases

    Gundersen Health System is building upon its successful pharmaceutical waste collection program with separate medication disposal containers for public use.

    Gundersen is providing three medication drop boxes for patient, visitor and employee use. The boxes are located in the following areas on Gundersen campuses during normal Pharmacy business hours:

    • Gundersen La Crosse Clinic Pharmacy
    • Gundersen East Building...
  • Health Care Without Harm Calls for Climate Action at Launch of HHS Health Care Resilience Initiative

    December 12th, 2014 - 7:21 pm
    Press Releases

    Joins Health Care Leaders at White House Event to Commit to Building a Climate Resilient Health System

    [Washington, DC] –At a senior-level White House event today, Health Care Without Harm and health executives from across the country called for an increased commitment from the health sector to take the significant and measurable actions that the mitigation of climate change...

  • CleanMed – Leading by Example

    December 8th, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    With the end of the year approaching, all of us at Practice Greenhealth and the Healthier Hospital Initiative are looking forward to CleanMed 2015. At CleanMed, the health care community comes together to share our knowledge and thoughts, opinions and real-life successes, and our challenges and best practices. We come together to celebrate and acknowledge the great work you do to improve human and environmental health.

    Plan to Attend...

  • Premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of chemical in medical products used to save their lives

    December 8th, 2014 - 5:09 pm
    In the News

    -- Researchers wonder whether exposures from plastic devices may be contributing to illness

    Hospitalized premature infants are exposed to unsafe levels of a chemical found in numerous medical products used to treat them, raising questions about whether critically ill newborns may be adversely affected by equipment designed to help save their lives. The chemical, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), is used to increase...

  • B Braun Will Once Again Sponsor Practice Greenhealth DEHP-Free Award

    November 25th, 2014 - 7:52 pm
    Press Releases

    Company is committed to supplying solution containers not made with natural rubber latex, DEHP or PVC.

    (Reston, Va.)— Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership association devoted to environmentally responsible health care, has announced that B Braun will sponsor the DEHP-Free Award, one of the Practice...

  • Clearing the air: Healthier interiors in healthcare

    November 24th, 2014 - 2:06 pm
    In the News

    By Jeffrey Brown / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today 

    Every day, we are exposed to thousands of chemicals, in our food, water, the air we breathe, the clothing we wear, the furniture we use and the carpet we walk on. Mounting data suggests that some of the chemicals we come in contact with — in our homes, workplaces, schools and stores — contain toxicants that can have adverse affects on human health and the...

  • Gundersen reaches first days of energy independence

    November 24th, 2014 - 1:05 pm
    Press Releases

    First health system in nation to achieve this distinction

    Gundersen Health System is achieving its first days of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. Oct. 14, 2014 was the landmark day when Gundersen first produced more renewable energy than the health system consumed.

    Gundersen's accomplishments include energy efficiency improvement of over 40% resulting in annual...

  • Gundersen reaches energy independence

    November 12th, 2014 - 12:28 pm
    Press Releases

    First health system in nation to achieve this distinction

    LA CROSSE WI - Gundersen Health System achieved its first day of energy independence, becoming the first health system in the nation to attain the distinction. On Oct. 14, 2014, Gundersen produced more energy than the health system consumed. 

    In 2008, Dr. Jeff Thompson, Gundersen CEO, set a goal for the organization to control rising energy costs and...

  • Environmental Sustainability and the Triple Aim

    November 10th, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Blog by Blair Sadler, Esq., Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    Now is the time to make environmental sustainability part of your quality improvement work.

    Years ago when I was a hospital CEO, I didn't have sustainability on my radar screen. I wasn't aware of the significant impact that the health care sector has on the environment – and on quality care. I didn't consider the amount of...

  • Engineering Energy Savings at Fletcher Allen Health Care

    November 4th, 2014 - 11:53 am

    By Wes Pooler

    In today’s sustainability-minded society, we often assume that expensive alternative energies are the best way to “go green.” But through my work as Director of Facilities Management, I’ve learned that we can significantly reduce energy use by simply re-engineering our existing infrastructure.

    In recognition of National...

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