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  • Practice Greenhealth Celebrates Ten Years of Environmental Excellence Awards

    May 1st, 2012 - 7:35 am
    Press Releases

    2012 Award Winners Announced

    (Denver, CO)  Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership association devoted to environmentally responsible health care, has announced its 2012 Environmental Excellence Award winners.  These coveted awards are given to institutions within the health care sector for outstanding programs to reduce the facility’s environmental footprint.

    Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate...

  • Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    April 12th, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    We all know that sustainability in health care has financial rewards and creates jobs. According to a new report issued by the Health Care Research Collaborativecalled “Creating a Culture of Sustainability:  Leadership, Coordination and Performance Measurement Systems in Healthcare,there are three key drivers to a successful program: 1) there must be an executive champion, or advocate, 2) sustainability values must be reflected in the...

  • Premier White Paper on Energy Efficiency featuring Geisinger

    April 9th, 2012 - 7:42 am

    Energy costs are soaring exponentially (as much as 60 percent in some regions), sapping ever-valuable dollars from vital patient care activities and consuming up to 3 percent of hospital’s total operating budgets and up to at least 15 percent of their annual profits. Worse, billions of dollars are wasted annually because hospitals’ may not have energy-efficient building systems. Compounding matters is the fact...

  • Member Spotlight: Powersmiths

    March 28th, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Powersmiths joined Practice Greenhealth after exhibiting at the CleanMed conference in 2011. Offering healthcare facilities products and services to reduce electricity waste, measure and validate resource consumption, and advance sustainable practices, Powersmiths provides an integrated sustainability management platform for healthcare facilities with Powersmiths WOW. Powersmiths has worked with a...

  • Linking Healthy Hospitals with Healthy Communities and a Healthy Planet

    March 26th, 2012 - 7:23 am

    By Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm.

    Last week a coalition of eleven hospital systems and partnering health groups launched a new campaign to challenge the entire healthcare sector to embed sustainability into the core operating model of 21st century health care. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (www....

  • Health Care Sector on Path to Sustainability and Beyond

    March 17th, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    By Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth

    As sustainability increasingly becomes an important issue to the health care sector, Practice Greenhealth has led the movement to implement sustainable operations in hospitals and its supporting community. Practice Greenhealth is pleased to be working with more than 1200member hospital on their sustainability initiatives.  Yet, we believe that there are...

  • Poco a Poco – Sharing Jaibon, Dominican Republic – Janet Brown

    March 16th, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Two weeks ago, my daughter Franni and I (along with two other moms and their 8th grade girls) embarked on a volunteer trip to Jaibon, Dominican Republic through a not for profit— Outreach 360. We spent the week teaching English to children aged kindergarten through sixth grade and worked on a project associated with a boy’s orphanage that homed 22 amazing boys. The school principal and orphanage founder were one in the same – “La...

  • Study Finds Heath Care Sustainability Has Tangible Financial and Job Growth Benefits

    March 15th, 2012 - 6:45 pm
    Press Releases

    Health Care Research Collaborative Finds Leadership Engagement Key to Success

    (Washington, DC) Embracing sustainability has tangible financial rewards and creates jobs, according to a new report  by the Health Care Research Collaborative. The report, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Leadership,...

  • Member Spotlight: Moonlight Slumber Mattresses and Pads

    March 15th, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Arthur Martelli of Moonlight Slumber has been in the healthcare business since 1984. “Once we found out Practice Greenhealth existed, we thought ‘Why aren’t we members? This is a natural fit for us.’”

    Moonlight Slumber formed in 2005, and manufactures mattresses, OR pads, gurney pads, and similar products. With three channels of business (healthcare, dormitory, and cribs), they’re always busy...

  • Hospitals at risk for hazardous pharmaceutical waste violations

    March 14th, 2012 - 2:29 pm
    In the News

    By: Fred Gebhart, Contributing Editor
    Drug Topics 

    Hospitals and health systems are organizing the industry’s vast purchasing power to push manufacturers of medical products to make them with safer chemicals and to be more environmentally friendly.

    Five large groups that buy $130 billion of these products every year on...

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