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In this session, University Hospitals' (UH) Supply Chain leadership will describe how they leveraged their Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) engagement to advance sustainable procurement globally, including key successes, challenges, and future opportunities. 

At University Hospitals of Cleveland, their engagement in the procurement-related challenges of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative has led to a collaborative infrastructure between Supply Chain, Sustainability and other key stakeholders from departments with significant purchasing volumes, including:

  • Identifying champions from each UH medical center fro each HHI challenge area, comprising system-wide task forces;
  • Developing regular system Supply Chain & Sustainability leadership review of sustainable purchasing goals; and
  • Negotiating with vendors to establish web-based tracking of procurement parameters (including green cleaners, healthy interiors, and other HHI focus areas).

This has led to greater integration of functional, economic, social, and environmental considerations in their value analysis processes. 

Join us for an informative webinar to learn how University Hospitals is accelerating environmental purchasing in their supply chain. 


  • Understand common challenges facing hospital Supply Chain departments in integrating environmentally preferable purchasing principles in procurement practices.
  • Identify key stakeholders required to achive a systematic approach to sustainable procurement in a typical hospital or health system.
  • Outline examples of how a hospital's engagement in the HHI can accelerate the establishment of a comprehensive sustainable procurement strategy.  


Matthew Pietro, Sustainability Specialist, University Hospitals 

Matthew Pietro serves as the Sustainability Specialist for University Hospitals Health System in Northeast Ohio. He has worked as a Development Associate for the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Returning to Cleveland, Matthew served as Interim Education and Outreach Coordinator for Cleveland Clinic's Office for a Healthy Environment. He also co-founded a farm in urban Cleveland called Central Roots, which sells seasonal produce to community members and local restaurants. As UH's Sustainability Specialist, Matthew works with the system's Sustainability Manager, Dr. Aparna Bole, in the project management and execution of sustainability initiatives across the health system. 

Suzanne Hoover, Collaborative Purchasing Manager, University Hospitals, Yellow Belt Lean Six Sigma Certified Materials and Resource Professional

Suzanne has over 10 years experience in Supply Chain Management with University Hospitals. She has worked as a Purchasing Manager, Contract Administrator and most recently as a Chairperson for a Regional Purchasing Collaborative. She recently joined the EPP efforts on the University Hospitals Sustainability Committee.

Molly Bammerlin, MBA, Coporate Value Analysis Manager, University Hospitals, Lean Sigma Yellow Belt and ProSci Change Management Certified

Molly Bammerlin is a supply chain professional with over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, inclusive of time spent in both the medical sales and hospital purchasing environments. She currently holds the position of Corporate Value Analysis Manager at University Hospitals Health System located in northeast Ohio. Molly is an active participants on UHHS' system-wide Sustainability Council and incorporate sustainable purchasing initiatives and goals into her Value Analysis role. Molly earned her Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences from Ohio University and MBA from Lake Erie College, also located in Ohio.

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