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

    October 13th, 2011 - 11:33 am
    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 - 11:42 am

    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 - 10:51 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 - 12:15 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...

  • Physician Leadership Critical to Greening the OR Initiative

    September 30th, 2011 - 8:43 am

    By Jodi Sherman, MD, Guest Blogger -

    In the operating room, the stakes are high and moments count. Great measures are taken to prevent bad outcomes. At the same time, the most recent and conservative Practice Greenhealth estimate places annual hospital waste at 5.9 million tons per year in the United States alone. Perioperative services is the single largest clinical generator of trash in all of health care, responsible for upwards of...

  • Economics, Efficiency, Energy & Environment: Seminar at Inova Fairfax Hospital

    September 16th, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Plan to attend this half-day seminar on Sept. 16, 2011 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA, where you’ll meet some of the most knowledgeable experts in healthcare. Topics include, Healthcare Reform's Effects on Capital Investments and How 10 Forces are Changing Healthcare Design as well as Healthcare Sustainability Trends and Implications which will be presented by Seema Wadhwa, LEED AP, Director of...

  • Strategic Design Considerations for the Emergency Department

    September 13th, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Most Emergency Departments are plagued by on-going challenges, ranging from slow throughput times and technology integration to efficiency bottlenecks and emergency preparedness.

    Join us, September 13-14 for a 1-1/2 day intensive workshop that will immerse you in proven strategies that address multiple challenges that must be overcome to design today’s Emergency Departments.

    This advanced-level colloquia is specifically designed...

  • Practice Greenhealth Launches Greening the Supply Chain Initiative

    August 30th, 2011 - 12:50 pm
    Press Releases

    Practice Greenhealth has announced the formation of the Greening the Supply Chain™ Initiative. The Initiative extends Practice Greenhealth’s leadership role in supporting hospitals by engaging businesses in meeting the emerging demand for more environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) practices for products within health care facilities, GPOs and in the business marketplace. These businesses are coming together with...

  • What’s Good for the Environment is Good for Health Care

    August 29th, 2011 - 1:31 pm

    As hospitals are recognized for sustainable innovation throughout the year, we all benefit from reduced environmental footprints, less polluting environments, and the demand for less toxic products.  It’s motivating to take a good look at how your hospital has become healthier, your employees have become more engaged, and your patient outcomes have improved this year. 

    As the summer ends and we begin to move toward the fall...

  • INOVA Health Systems CEO Cooking Showdown

    August 18th, 2011 - 1:34 pm

    We all know Inova’s CEOs are amazing leaders whose vision and dedication has made Inova one of the nation’s premiere healthcare systems ... but can they cook? The Inova Fairfax Green Team has partnered with Food Services and the leadership of Inova to host a CEO Cooking Showdown featuring dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients that are abundant in northern Virginia this time of year. On Thursday, August 18, the Cafeteria will be serving...

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