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  • 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...

  • Medicine Gears Up for a Code Green: Doctors, Hospitals Put Environment on their Charts

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

    By Lindsay Minnema
    Washington Post

    Tossing out everything from plastic bandages and cotton swabs to hospital robes after a single use, the U.S. medical industry generates more than 2 million tons of waste per year, environmental advocates say. Some of that waste makes its way to incinerators and, when burned, releases dioxin, mercury and other toxins.

    Is it ironic that the industry we trust to protect our health is...

  • Healthcare Execs Stress Energy Efficiency

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

    By Anonymous
    Environmental Leader

    The American Society for Healthcare Engineering and Johnson Controls, recently released the 2008 Healthcare Energy Efficiency Indicator study, which shows that healthcare executives place a higher priority on energy efficiency than executives in other industries.

    Sixty-five percent of healthcare respondents called energy efficiency “extremely important,” or “very important,” compared with...

  • Midwest Hospital Recognized for Green Initiatives: Wisconsin Governor Recognizes Sacred Heart Hospital's Environmental Leadership

    July 17th, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Emily Barry
    Market Watch

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis., July 17, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Many hospitals are taking steps to be environmentally friendly, but Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH) continues to lead by example to do what is best for the environment. Recently, SHH was one of only six hospitals nationwide to be awarded the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) for their innovative programs that set industry...

  • Biz Briefcase: Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services

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

    By Anonymous
    The Eagle-Tribune

    Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services (MIHCS) has won national recognition for its commitment to the environment, taking home two awards from the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Summit held recently in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    At the Environmental Excellence Summit, the organization received a Partner Recognition Award for its effort in creating a healthier environment — for patients,...

  • Thinking 'Green' Award Sends 100 Trees to India

    July 2nd, 2008 - 11:00 pm
    In the News

    By Anonymous
    Norwood News

    A grove of 100 trees is being planted in honor of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital by local families determined to save their homes and way of life in Tiruvannamalai, India -- a country devastated by deforestation and global climate change.

    The trees will be planted in appreciation of Lutheran General Hospital's commitment to reducing its operational impact on the environment and its recent...

  • 'Practice' Makes Perfect: New Organization Builds Path to Greener Future

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

    By Beth Burmahl
    HFM Magazine

    New organization builds path to a greener future

    Hospitals that have made the commitment to go green might soon find themselves facing a common question: What next? Considering the countless number of ways a facility can go green and how quickly environmental practices are changing, mapping out the path to a greener future can seem daunting.

  • Embodying the Patron of Ecology

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

    By Aura Rose
    Healthcare Design, Clean Design Supplement

    How often do we lay the blame for greenhouse gas emissions squarely at the door of cars, trucks, and SUVs? While 28% of U.S. greenhouse gases do come from transportation, the majority of that being our vehicles, it's our buildings—our homes and workplaces—that are even bigger culprits. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, buildings consume 16.2% of world...

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