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{Past Event} - Introduction to the Greening the Operating Room Initiative

January 20, 2011 - 1:00 pm - January 20, 2011 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


The operating room (OR) is the epicenter of today’s hospital with a recent study by the McKesson Group estimating that the OR generates 42% of the hospital’s revenue. A primary source of hospital admissions, the OR also drives significant costs related to equipment, supplies and personnel— the OR is the leader in medical supply usage for the entire hospital. A recent study estimated supply costs at 56% of the total budget of the operating room—dwarfing salary costs at 35%. The OR also generates huge volumes of waste. The OR produces between 20 to 30% of a hospital’s total waste volume, despite the OR’s diminutive spatial footprint. With competing priorities, it makes sense to focus on those departments with the highest costs, greatest inefficiencies and/or largest volumes of waste. Thus the OR is a key target for greening efforts in many facilities. Practice Greenhealth has launched the Greening the OR InitiativeTM in an effort to coalesce the body of knowledge around sustainable practices in the OR, substantiate these practices with data and case studies, and develop guidance for implementation that can be shared across the sector. This webinar will introduce hospitals to the different components of the Initiative and describe how they can participate.


John Ebers, Practice Greenhealth
Telephone: 866-966-9832
John Ebers is the Associate Director for Practice Greenhealth. John is responsible for sustainability training for professional advancement and sustainable business integration for hospitals. Currently, he is collaborating with nine urban hospitals to integrate a sustainable business strategy into their operations. John has over 6 years of health care-related experience specializing in the following areas: corporate sustainability development and optimizing hospital operations. Through strategic planning he has lead the development of corporate strategies for waste, energy and water reduction methods. These strategies placed Metro Health Hospital (Metro) in the top tier of progressive sustainable health systems leading to Metro’s 2009 induction into Practice Greenhealths’ (PGH) Environmental Leadership Circle.

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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