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  • Health Care, Heal Thyself: Green Rx for a Dirty Industry

    September 30th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Sharon Tregaskis

    Every day, a fleet of nine trucks emblazoned with the moniker "Biomedical Waste Services" rumbles through the streets of Baltimore, patrolling from loading dock to loading dock, collecting everything from used needles to leftover chemotherapy drugs from three local hospitals and roughly five hundred doctors' and dentists' offices. Much of the refuse packs a toxic wallop: expired medications from...

  • Introducing the Green Hospital Room

    September 29th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Lauren La Rose
    The Canadian Press

    It's being touted as the first full-scale concept room of its kind, and one that its creators hope will offer those in the health-care field insight into how to inject a dose of green into a patient's space.

    The Green Patient Room is the brainchild of U.S. architectural practice Anshen and Allen, which wanted to create a space that would have a minimum of impact on the natural...

  • Heartland Hospitals Receive Environmental Awards

    September 21st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Anonymous
    Nurse.Com  A Gannett Company

    Practice Greenhealth awarded Heartland hospitals, health systems, and healthcare organizations for outstanding achievements in reducing waste, eliminating mercury, and improving environmental performance.

    The following facilities were new inductees in 2008: Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis.; Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, Wis.; Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wis.;...

  • Hospital System Saves Money at Online Energy Auction

    August 31st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Jan Greene
    HFM Magazine

    Hospitals struggling with higher prices for electricity and gas, exacerbated by rising usage from energy-hungry technology, may have a new option to manage those costs—a reverse energy auction.

    The auction requires energy suppliers to offer contracts in a quick, competitive online session similar to eBay, in contrast to the relatively slow process of issuing requests for...

  • St. Mary's Hospital Prescribes Green Medicine

    August 15th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Judith E. Allen
    The BayNet

    Eight months ago St. Mary’s Hospital formed a green team dedicated to implementing green practices throughout the hospital. 

    “We are setting and example to be good stewards of the environment,” said Marc Boucot, vice president at the hospital and creator of the team.  He added the...

  • Sentara Williamsburg: Trash Police Turning This Hospital Green

    August 14th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Veronica Gorley Chufo
    Daily Press

    Try to put something recyclable in the trash bin at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, and you might get caught.

    Members of the hospital's Green Team are sort of like school hall monitors. But instead of busting students who aren't where they're supposed to be, they keep an eye on the hospital's trash, making sure that anything recyclable ends up in the recycle bin and not the...

  • Green from the Get-Go: Approaches to Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

    July 31st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Lara Sutherland
    Materials Management in Health Care

    Several of health care’s leading environmental organizations have joined forces to better serve the community at large. Operating under the banner Practice Greenhealth, the not-for-profit, member-supported organization  offers a broad array of resources to help hospitals achieve environmental excellence. Many of these programs will be available to materials managers and...

  • Think Green

    July 31st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Chris Serb
    H&HN Magazine

    Traditionally, not much about hospitals has been considered “green,” unless you count the Jell-O. With incinerators belching noxious fumes from their smokestacks, HVAC plants humming 24/7, loads of harmful substances on-site, and mass quantities of plastics and disposable materials, hospitals have never practiced aggressive environmental stewardship. Many observers would even cite hospitals as a key...

  • Preventative Medicine for the Planet

    July 27th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By The Green A-Team
    Green Air Radio

    Is the treatment of medical waste by our hospitals harming us and our planet?

    It’s one thing to worry about receiving the best possible care from a hospital when you’re sick but it’s another to worry about becoming sick because of a hospital.

    According to the EPA, nearly all medical waste, including used plastic syringes and discarded organs, is incinerated. This dirty disposal...

  • Medicine Starts Thinking Green

    July 21st, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Sarah Rubenstein
    The Wall Street Journal Health Blog

    Here’s a reason we hadn’t heard before to support a move to electronic medical records: It’s environmentally friendly.

    The tree-sparing virtue of electronic records was a plus for a Washington medical practice that’s switching to a high-tech system. The practice, the Washington Wellness Institute, also boasts that its physical plant is entirely free of toxins and that...

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