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Leading Hospitals Challenge Sector to Improve Health, Reduce Costs By Accelerating Adoption of Sustainability Practices
April 11, 2012, 9:02 am
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Leading Hospitals Challenge Sector to Improve Health, Reduce Costs By Accelerating Adoption of Sustainability Practices – Six New Challenges Will Serve as Roadmap to Healthier Communities – RESTON, VA—Few sectors of the economy consume as many resources – electricity, water, cleaning products, chemicals and food – as health care. As research linking environmental impact with chronic disease continues to emerge, it poses a unique question to hospitals. If their mission is to heal and promote health, shouldn’t reducing their environmental impact be part of their work? Yes, say more than 500 leading hospitals across the country that have joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a partnership coordinated by Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), and the Center for Health Design. “Hospitals can no longer afford to be out of sync in their day-to-day work of healing and treating and the environmental impact they have in communities across the country,” said Knox Singleton, Chief Executive Officer, Inova Health System of Falls Church, VA. “By reducing waste and conserving energy, among other challenges, we can not only reduce operational costs, we can improve the health of people in our communities before they ever enter a hospital.”

For news release, go to Healthy Hospitals Initiative.

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