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  • Member Spotlight: Becton, Dickinson and Co. Signs up for New WindMade™ Label

    December 20th, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    Major global companies including Motorola Mobility, Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg, Method and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co.) have produced or have pledged to procure at least 25 percent of their operations’ power consumption from wind energy. They announced their commitment to become certified under the new WindMade™ consumer label at a Global Launch event in New York.

    The label allows participating companies to communicate the share of...

  • Leadership Inspires

    December 17th, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Health care leadership can often describe the moment they had their personal “AHA!” moment around health care environmental stewardship and the role leadership can play in transforming to a culture of environmental excellence. It’s the moment they realized that going green is more than a blue bin by the copier, more than carrying a reusable shopping bag or driving a Prius. Those are all important components, but the AHA! moment pulled it all...

  • BLOG: Data, Normalizers and Benchmarks—OH MY!

    November 22nd, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    We are all familiar with baseline data collection, goal setting and performance measurement. We use measurable goals for joint commission, for green team progress, quality improvement and more. Environmental stewardship and “going green” can be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively, and the Practice Greenhealth 3rd Annual Sustainability Benchmark Report is the “go to” source for sustainability benchmarks in health care....

  • Member Spotlight: Gundersen Health System Transforming Blue Wrap from Waste into Useable Products

    November 13th, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    When Gundersen Health System needs to wrap instrument trays in blue wrap for use in the OR, they’ve found a way to reuse it thanks to a unique partnership. Gundersen knew there had to be ways to reuse blue wrap and considered working with a vendor to create tote bags, but the option was not financially or environmentally sound. Then, they connected with Coulee Region RSVP—a volunteer program for people age 55 and up that has a long-standing...

  • BLOG: The Balance ... the dance ... oops, was that your foot?

    November 12th, 2011 - 11:49 am

    "May I have this dance?" versus dancing alone, in the dark!

    Pushing for environmental improvement in the complex health care (or any) setting takes a special kind of person.  Most are passionate, firmly committed, enthusiastic and energetic. Pushy? Most likely! We want to get things done by any means necessary!  But, like Mick says,” You can’t always get what you want.” Doors shut, resistance ensues and some...

  • Practice Greenhealth Announces Release of 'Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products,' Version 1.0

    October 13th, 2011 - 12:38 pm
    Press Releases

    Practice Greenhealth has announced the release of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical Products (Version 1.0), which can be used to guide the identification, selection and procurement of environmentally preferable medical products. This tool is a significant part of Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative, which was launched earlier this year in order to provide a common...

  • Hospitals, health groups use purchasing power to push for greener medical products

    October 13th, 2011 - 12:33 pm
    In the News

    By Lena H. Sun
    The Washigton Post

    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 behalf of hospitals and other health-care facilities have adopted a standard set of questions they want vendors...

  • Member Spotlight: Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

    October 12th, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    Join regional and national health care professionals, environmental industry experts, and educators for this learning and networking event designed to showcase the measurement practices of hospitals as they journey toward more sustainable environments for hospital staff, patients, and communities. The keynote speaker, plenary session, and smaller breakout sessions will explore how facilities are measuring sustainability success using...

  • Practice Greenhealth is Greening the Supply Chain

    October 10th, 2011 - 11:51 am

    Yesterday, I attended the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) annual conference.  A few really exceptional things happened.  First, HIGPA announced their new name – Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA).  Congratulations to the new HSCA on the exciting opportunities ahead of you!

    Second, Practice Greenhealth announced the launch of the Standardized Environmental Questions for Medical...

  • Green Cleaning in Health Care: Current Practices and Questions for Future Research Study

    October 9th, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    The Health Care Research Collaborative, working closely with Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, publishes a series of white papers that explore existing research and identify research gaps in a number of areas of health care safety. Recently, we identified a need for studies to determine the impact of green cleaning program on health outcomes in...

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