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{Past Event} - Group Purchasing Organization Series – Environmentally Preferable Purchasing with Consorta

November 16, 2006 - 2:00 pm - November 16, 2006 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


A commitment to the environment and safety starts with the materials we purchase. Would you like to know more about the resources your Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) offers to help you implement environmental purchasing strategies? Would you like to get to know your GPO and let them know what environmentally preferable products and services you are looking for? Join H2E for our GPO teleconference series with Consorta, designed to help Consorta and H2E Partner facilities who are Consorta members communicate with each other about environmental purchasing initiatives. Join Consorta and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) to learn more about environmentally preferable purchasing options in health care.

Takehome Value

H2E’s Group Purchasing Organization Champions are taking significant steps toward improving the environmental performance and reducing the environmental impact of the products and services they offer. Learn how you can partner with your GPO to move this effort forward, and how you can profit from the work already accomplished! Ensure that material handling issues and environmental impact are addressed on your facility’s new product evaluation committees. Give that material a voice!


Janet Brown, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Janet Brown joined Hospitals for a Healthy Environment as Partner Coordinator in 2004. Janet works with “partner” facilities across the nation in their environmental goal setting and program implementation. Janet is on the Steering Committee of the H2E-Sponsored Green Guide for Health Care, a self-certifying tool to daily operations. Janet writes a column “Greening Yourimprove healthcare’s design, construction, and Practice” for Holistic Primary Care, a magazine for primary care physicians. Janet coordinated health care environmental management programs for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City from 1991 – 2004. Beth Israel received numerous awards including the EPA’s Environmental Quality Award in 2001. Janet lives in Amherst, MA with her husband and two children.

Sarah O’Brien, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Sarah works with H2E Organizational (non-facility) Partners to promote H2E's programs, with a special focus on Environmental Purchasing. She has worked extensively with H2E's GPO Champions on contract review and revision, staff training and member outreach. Prior to her arrival at H2E, Ms O'Brien worked with the Chemical Hazards Prevention Program at INFORM, a national nonprofit organization, providing assistance to government agencies, institutions and businesses interested in reducing their purchase of products that contain mercury, lead and other persistent toxic chemicals.

Laura Wenger, Consorta, Inc
Laura joined Consorta in September 2005. In her current role as Director of Clinical Integration, Laura works closely with contracting staff on environmentally preferred purchasing as well as facilitating the Consorta Education Network. Prior to joining Consorta, Laura was the Director of Cardiac and Medical ICU for Parkview Health System as well as the clinical project coordinator for eICU. Laura has 12 years of Nursing experience.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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