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{Past Event} - Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Group Purchasing Organization Series

March 24, 2006 - 1:30 pm - March 24, 2006 - 1:30 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 let your GPO know what environmentally preferable products and services you are looking for? Do you know who your GPO is? Join H2E for our new GPO teleconference series, designed to help GPOs and Partner facilities communicate with each other about environmental purchasing initiatives! H2E’s Champion GPOs are working hard to provide alternatives to mercury, latex, glutaraldehyde, ethylene oxide, and toxic cleaning chemicals. They are contracting for environmentally sensitive waste management and reprocessing services and are looking for energy and water efficient equipment and other options to help facilities reach their goals of providing a true healing environment.

Each GPO Champion (Amerinet, Broadlane, Consorta, MedAssets, Novation, Premier) is invited to hold its own teleconference to explain internal Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) programs, but also to hear from members about programs or resources they would like to see offered as part of the GPO’s environmental purchasing program. Though we do not plan to restrict participation, each call will be especially directed at Partner facilities who are members of the specific GPO represented. These calls are not just for Purchasing or Materials management staff! We are hoping that they will serve to inform and empower a broad range of other facility staff working on environmental initiatives –Facilities, Laboratory, Housekeeping, Plant Operations, Clinical Staff — to better understand the relationship with their GPO and how they can use GPO resources to forward their efforts at the ground level.

Takehome Value

H2E’s GPO Champions are taking significant steps toward improving the environmental performance and reducing the environmental impact of the products and services they offer. Join us when your GPO is presenting, to find out 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 products evaluation committees. Give that material a voice!


Janet Brown, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
After working as the Medical Waste Manager for 13 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, Janet joined H2E as the Partner Coordinator in 2004. Janet works with individual partner facilities in their data collection, goal setting, implementation and maintenance of environmental programs. Janet is on the steering committee of the Green Guide for Health Care.

Sarah O’Brien, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Sarah works with H2E Champions 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. Sarah is a member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s Board of Directors, and board liaison to that organization’s Health Care Workgroup.

Gina Pugliese, Premier Safety Institute
Gina is the Vice President of the Premier’s Safety Institute and leads the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) initiative. Gina holds associate faculty appointments at the University of Illinois School of Public Health and Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago. She is editor of Premier’s publicly accessible Safety and EPP Web site and their two electronic newsletters, Safety Share and Green Link. She is the author of more than 125 publications and a frequent speaker on patient, worker, environment and product safety and health.

Cathie Gosnell, Premier Safety Institute
Cathie has more than 20 years experience in health care including: pediatric nursing, hospital administration and group purchasing. She currently works with group purchasing staff to coordinate the environmental purchasing RFP criteria and product selection.

Helpful Links

Environmental Health – Green Products and Practices
Selected Resources from the Premier Safety Institute Web Site (separate document attached with links by category)

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