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  • Greening the Operating Room

    June 5th, 2017 - 1:39 pm

    By Kaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement Manager, Greening the OR

    Summer might be a time to slow down, relax, enjoy the longer sunshine hours, but for the Greening the OR team, the fun is just getting started! *That’s not really true, the Greening the OR fun has been going on for the last couple of years, I just wanted to start off with a cute saying. Here’s a recap:

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  • Effectively Managing Waste Anesthesia Gas

    June 5th, 2017 - 10:44 am

    By Julie Moyle, MSN, RN  Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    General anesthesia administered during surgical/interventional procedures typically includes the administration of anesthesia gases. Only about 5% of administered anesthesia gas is metabolized by the patient, while the other 95% is expired by the patient during respiration.1 To protect personnel in the OR from being exposed to the anesthesia gas, a...

  • Hospitals collaborate with vendors to address public health through animal agriculture

    June 5th, 2017 - 10:20 am

    By Hillary Greenwood

    Thanks to increasing demand for poultry raised without routine antibiotics, cost reductions and improved availability have made it easier for hospitals to add more sustainably-raised chicken to their menus.

    Health systems in the Practice Greenhealth and Health Care...

  • Association of Climate Change Officers and Practice Greenhealth Announce Partnership

    May 9th, 2017 - 10:43 pm
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    Organizations To Align Efforts on Education & Training of Healthcare System Professionals

    WASHINGTON, DC – April 26, 2017 – The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and Practice Greenhealth, organizations who have a common interest in advancing climate preparedness and sustainability in the healthcare sector, announced a partnership today that will advance their shared missions — to...

  • Practice Greenhealth Announces Winners of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards

    April 17th, 2017 - 10:03 pm
    Press Releases

    Most prestigious environmental achievement award recognizing sector’s top hospitals

    (Reston, VA) — Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, has announced the winners of its annual Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards.

    The award recognizes 25 health care facilities that exemplify the best in environmental...

  • On the Road with Practice Greenhealth

    April 3rd, 2017 - 9:20 am

    Julie Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    Climate Reality Leadership Training with Al Gore

    For three days in early March, I was immersed in an amazing collage of humanity focused on the greater good. I was one of 972 attendees from 32 countries around the world selected to be trained by Vice President Al Gore and environmental experts at the Climate Reality Project Leadership Training...

  • Health Care May be in a State of Flux — But Health Care Sustainability is Here to Stay

    March 20th, 2017 - 4:06 pm
    In the News

    [From Ensia] Mercury used to be commonplace in a variety of products used in health care settings, including thermometers, cleaning agents and electronic devices, such as fluorescent lamps and computer equipment. Mercury...

  • Sneak Preview: Green Employee Benefits!

    March 6th, 2017 - 1:20 pm

    By Lauren Kleinman Koch, MA, MENR, Outreach and Engagement Specialist

    Practice GreenhealthAccording to 2014 survey from NSI Nursing Solutions, Inc., employee turnover rate for the health care industry was 16.5 percent and the average cost of turnover for a bedside registered nurse (RN) ranges from $44,380 to $63,400. That’s for one nurse!

    As health care continues to find ways to cut...

  • Jumping Waves with Aunt Frances

    March 6th, 2017 - 9:59 am

    Janet Howard, Director of Member Engagement Practice Greenhealth and Director of Healthier Hospitals

    March 22 is World Water Day - As a pisces, I have always been a water person. Before I knew how to swim, I would wear a “bubble” (that’s what we called it), which was a strapped-on styrofoam (uh oh) float that held me up.  My family would laugh because my legs never stopped moving, like i was pedaling a bike in the water....

  • Major Food Service Management Companies Help to Fill the GAP for Hospital Chicken Needs

    February 16th, 2017 - 3:34 pm

    Hillary Greenwood, National Procurement Director, Health Care Without Harm, Healthy Food in Health Care Program

    2016 was a momentous year for addressing routine antibiotic use and animal welfare in broiler chicken production. While many commitments were made in 2015 and earlier, 2016 was the year when retail, fast food, and food management sectors manifested these promises in a variety of ways. Restaurants...

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