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{Past Event} - Introducing the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI)

September 30, 2010 - 1:00 pm - September 30, 2010 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Here’s your opportunity to learn about the recently formed Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI): and the benefits to your hospital of endorsing the HHI Agenda for Sustainable Health Care. Earlier this year, a group of hospital systems came together to take a sector wide-approach of addressing some of the overarching issues that affect each health care facility as it develops sustainable operations. This collective group, the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, set out an Agenda of basic hospital operational areas that need to be addressed to reduce the environmental footprint of each facility. HHI needs the support of the nation’s hospitals to carry out its mission. As the HHI moves forward, it will identify and address common issues that affect the health care sector’s operations, bottom line, and ability to provide sustainable health care. One issue already being considered is how to affect the marketplace so that it provides safer materials and products at a price point equal to or even less those traditionally offered to health care.

Other initiatives will include finding financial solutions, such as helping hospitals gain access to funding opportunities, from grants, government funds and partnerships to help reduce costs associated with sustainable health care, particularly those that require capital investments, such as new energy systems. Three partner organizations – Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth, and The Center for Health Design – will provide expertise and technical assistance and will develop and implement training and other programs to help hospitals carry out the HHI agenda recommendations. This session is geared particularly for Practice Greenhealth members and will serve as an introduction to how you can actively participate in HHI programs and initiatives.


  • Institutionalize Sustainability in the health care sector
  • Reduce environmental contaminants associated with chronic disease
  • Remove obstacles to sustainable practices, and provide solutions to sector-wide issues


John Messervy, AIA, Partners HealthCare Inc.
Telephone: 617-726-8616
John Messervy AIA is an architect and the Director of Capital and Facilities Planning for Partners HealthCare in Boston, a 12-hospital non-profit integrated health network serving eastern Massachusetts. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians, community hospitals, the two founding academic medical centers (Mass General and Brigham and Womens), specialty hospitals, community health centers, and other health-related entities. Partners occupies 16 million square feet of space in the Boston metropolitan area and has a workforce of 52,000 dedicated employees. John is responsible for Partner’s multi-year facility planning program and their large-scale construction projects. During the past decade Partners has invested over $2.5B in new construction and renovation in support of the highest level of clinical care, medical research, and teaching for which Partners hospitals are internationally known. In addition to managing planning and construction activities at Partners, John founded the Partners Sustainability Initiative in 2008 with the goal of improving “patient safety, employee safety, and environmental safety”. This multi-disciplinary initiative, embraced by Partners CEO Gary Gottlieb MD, cuts across all areas of the hospital environment: patient care and support services, energy consumption, food service, hospital waste stream, cradle to grave purchasing, building materials, and building performance. Interestingly, many of the initiatives not only improve safety they also reduce cost. John is also chair of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a coalition of the nations leading hospitals committed to reducing the energy intensive environmental footprint of the healthcare sector. John graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Masters degrees in Architecture and City Planning. He is a regular speaker at national conferences and has taught or lectured at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other national universities. John is an elected member to the Board of the Boston Society of Architects.

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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