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Best practices for disposal of controlled substances

  • Pharmaceuticals
There is increased concern over pharmaceuticals in waterways. There are “no drugs down the drain” rules in certain states. And harm can come from unauthorized access to controlled substances and the resulting wastage. Health care facilities must address these issues and ensure alignment with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations as well as…

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Greenhealth total cost of ownership case study template

  • Cost of Ownership
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Toolkit
  • Tool
(Greenhealth cost of ownership toolkit) Use our template to share your experience and results with the Greenhealth total cost of ownership calculator with others to show your great work. 

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Hospice of the Western Reserve: Green Team

  • Engaged Leadership
Hospice of the Western Reserve began its sustainability journey in 2009 when staff formed an organizational Green Team. Since then, the Green Team has spearheaded several sustainability victories across several different program areas. 

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Case study

Engaged leadership: Sharing success worksheet

  • Tool
  • Engaged Leadership
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Based on the information gathered from conversations, fill out the Sharing Success Worksheet. While successes can be garnered for the formal presentation in powerpoint form, the team may decide to use this document as a handout for the leadership meeting. It is intended to document key measurable outcomes (and the story) associated with sustainability activities. The…

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Engaged leadership: Champion worksheet

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Toolkit
  • Tool
(Engaged leadership toolkit) The worksheet is used to identify key champions and capture successes from one-on-one conversations. Interviews and conversations will reveal pockets of success throughout the organization.

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Engaged leadership: Making the case worksheet

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Tool
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) This worksheet helps identify leverage points and synergies with leadership to demonstrate that sustainability helps the organization achieve other strategic priorities. Fill out the worksheet and use it for proposal preparation.

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Engaged leadership level 2 checklist form

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Tool
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Level 2 of the Engaged leadership challenge has a goal of implementing 3 of the 5 strengthening engagement activities. Please use this form to select the activities which your facility or system has completed. As the organization accomplishes additional goals, please resubmit the form. 

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Engaged leadership: Clinical champion checklist

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Clinician engagement
  • Tool
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Identifying a clinical champion helps connect sustainability to public health, wellness, prevention, and quality care. A clinical champion can connect key clinical committees, programs, and population health.

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Engaged leadership: Executive owner checklist

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Tool
  • Toolkit
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Integrating sustainability activities into the fabric of an organization requires engaging leadership. Identifying an executive owner is key to success. This checklist helps identify the right person and clarifies their role.

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How to start a sustainability program internship

  • Engaged Leadership
  • Toolkit
  • Internship
(Engaged leadership toolkit) Most health care sustainability coordinators started out as interns.  Internships or volunteers demonstrate their value, make the case and are sometimes transitioned to full-time positions. This has been the case at numerous facilities including Metro Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Spectrum Health, Bronson Hospital, Trihealth, HealthPartners and…

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