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  • Research Shows That OR Waste Prevention Strategies Add Up

    November 1st, 2016 - 8:24 am

    Researchers at the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery studied 58 neurosurgery procedures and found that these cases wasted an average of $653 in unused disposable surgical supplies. That added up to $968 per case or $2.9 million per year.

    Although results varied widely, they found correlations between surgeon, case type and case category, while case length and the years a surgeon had been operating were not big indicators of waste at the...

  • On the Road with Practice Greenhealth

    November 1st, 2016 - 8:08 am

    Practice Greenhealth at HPRC and Wisconsin Healthy Hospitals & Clinics Forum

    Iqbal Mian, Member Engagement Manager

    Earlier this fall, Practice Greenhealth along with various hospital systems, suppliers and manufacturers participated in the...

  • Blue Wrap and the Circular Economy

    November 1st, 2016 - 8:04 am

    Christopher Bodkin, Data Coordinator Sector Performance and Recognition

    Waste from the health care sector is significant:

    • 255 Million lbs. of blue wrap is thrown away annually.
    • Businesses are turning blue...
  • Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement

    October 19th, 2016 - 1:59 pm
    In the News

    Transforming Care, The Commonwealth Fund’s newest publication, focuses on new models of care, payment approaches, and patient engagement strategies that have the potential to reshape our delivery system to better meet the needs of the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable patients. Published quarterly, the newsletter is a source of innovative ideas for health system leaders, clinicians, and policymakers.

    In the article...

  • Put Your Best Food Forward: Celebrate Food Day 2016 with Our Recipe Challenge

    October 4th, 2016 - 9:14 am

    By Thresa Pattee, Food Program Coordinator, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm

    Fall is quickly approaching; farmers markets throughout the country are in full swing providing a bounty of local and sustainably grown fruits and vegetables such as apples and kiwis, root vegetables and squash. The changing season in the air is setting the table for thoughts on preparing and sharing delicious...

  • New Film Showcases Health Care’s Mission to Protect People and the Planet

    October 4th, 2016 - 8:23 am

    By Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth

    Twenty years ago, a small group of doctors, nurses, and health care leaders realized that, in violation of the...

  • Activating Civic Leadership

    September 23rd, 2016 - 11:24 am
    In the News

    Boston’s “Green Ribbon Commission” is helping the city meet ambitious goals to fight climate change.


  • GCO Calculator

    September 21st, 2016 - 9:54 am

    Look beyond the price tag – consider the organization’s total financial commitment when purchasing products and services.

    Hospitals have an enormous energy footprint—the impact of this is costly, both financially and environmentally.

    Gaining more insight into supply costs—beyond the initial price tag—is an important step to saving money. When it comes to the total cost of ownership of a product, additional costs occur...

  • Hospital food: Gross or…absolutely delicious?

    September 6th, 2016 - 12:13 pm
    In the News

    August 22, 2016

    Guests: Stuart Fine, Ryan Conklin, Stacia Clinton

    A congealed cup of mashed potatoes, a rubbery bologna sandwich or a jiggling mass of room-temperature orange jello. Those were once the...

  • Think Locally, Track Sustainability

    September 6th, 2016 - 8:02 am

    By Thresa Pattee

    Food service departments across the country are influencing their supply chain by channeling human health values into their purchasing choices. Yet, the impact does not end at the point of purchase. When these products are tracked with intention, teasing out which are sourced locally and which are produced with verifiable...

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