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  • Greener ORs: Keys to making the business case

    May 10th, 2012 - 4:26 pm
    In the News

    OR Manager, Vol. 28 No. 5, May 2012

    Perioperative staff and managers face a variety of pressures: improving processes, enhancing patient outcomes, documenting savings, meeting regulations, and more, all in a time of tighter budgets. With so much to balance, it can be difficult to consider (much less sell to upper management) the idea of greening the operating room. That’s especially...

  • Health Care Research Collaborative Report Studies Human, Environmental Health Impacts

    May 8th, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Substituting mercury with alternative materials for dental fillings has less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a new report by the Health Care Research Collaborative. The Research Collaborative released “Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation,” which compares the health and...

  • Healthy Hospital Interiors

    May 8th, 2012 - 8:00 am

    We can’t always see, smell, or hear the presence of chemicals in building materials, furniture, and finishes. One may associate chemicals with cleaning solutions, disinfectants, mercury, and laboratory chemicals, but carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and asthmagens are frequently found in furniture, casework, fabrics, beds, and medical equipment. Hospitals are increasingly looking to architects and designers for their expertise in creating...

  • Guest Blog: Tracey Easthope

    May 8th, 2012 - 12:51 am

    Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have highlighted halogenated flame retardants as priority chemicals for substitution. The wisdom of that position is very compellingly presented in a new series featured in the Chicago Tribune. You can see the first part of the series below. The article also highlights the industry's tactics in attempting to distort facts to keep flame retardants in products unnecessarily. The series...

  • Got Inspired at CleanMed!

    May 7th, 2012 - 10:40 am

    With over 800 attendees, CleanMed Denver was brimming with passion, creativity and success stories around healthier health care environments. From pre conference events around Greening the Supply Chain, Greening the OR and a tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory...

  • Practice Greenhealth Celebrates Ten Years of Environmental Excellence Awards

    May 1st, 2012 - 8:35 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 - 7:37 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 - 8:42 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 - 3:03 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 - 8:23 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....

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