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{Past Event} - Admin, Finance, Leadership Series: Sustaining the "Green Surge"

September 27, 2013 - 2:00 pm - September 27, 2013 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Sustaining and improving your hard fought advances for your hospital or healthcare system is a never ending challenge.  Where do you start?  What are your priorities?  How do you continue the march toward a more sustainable system of care past that critical first year of implementing your Sustainability Committee?  How can you elicit "More Bang for your Buck"?  We will explore the similarities between military and civilian healthcare systems and highlight the challenges present within the military healthcare system exemplified by its high churn rate of champions (33% per year), plus how we have overcome these challenges.  This session will provide tools to "Sustain the Surge" within your dynamic healthcare environment as you "Surge" ahead with your own positive efforts. We will highlight how Evans Army Community Hospital has sustained their Green Team past their first year of implementation and successfully launched their "Greening" of the Department of Surgery.


  • Analyze the many similarities and challenges between military and civilian medicine and how they can be overcome.
  • Formulate communication tactics and plans which promote sustainable activities within the Department of Surgery.
  • Describe methods to prioritize your sustainable initiatives within a constrained environment.
  • Evaluate the process and procedure used to successfully extend the life of your sustainable committee past year one.


Major Tami Gazerro, Head Nurse OR, Co-Chair Sustainability Committee, Evans Army Community Hospital
Major Tami Gazerro is presently the Head Nurse of the Operating Room (OR) and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the Evans Army Community Hospital which currently supports and enrollment population greater than 72,000.  The Operating Room presently runs 5 Operating Rooms and averages over 500 cases per month.  In 2012, their OR initiated the "Greening of the OR" program and from January 2012 to October 2012 they had a cost savings of $68,000.  She is passionate about "Greening of the OR" and operation and patient related projects. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University, and a Master of Science in Health Sciences; Health Care Management from Trident University. 

Lieutenant Colonel David Zajac, Chief of Logistics, Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee, Evans Army Community Hospital
Lieutenant Colonel David Zajac is presently the Chief of Logistics and the Co-Chair of the Sustainability Committee at the Evans Army Community Hospital which currently supports an enrolled population greater than 72,000.  His passion is leading sustainable change while balancing the social, economic, and environmental impacts within healthcare organizations.  He has already led his team toward an annualized savings greater than $1,000,000 directly related to sustainable efforts.  He was previously an Army Health Facility Planning Agency Program Manager and has successfully managed a diverse capital investment portfolio of health care projects totaling greater than

$2 billion through his Army career.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Norwich University, and a Master of Science degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. 

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