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EnviRN: Health Hospitals Initiative Leading Hospitals Challenge Sector to Improve Health, Reduce Costs by Accelerating Adoption of Sustainability Practices
May 2, 2012, 9:50 am
Filed under: News

(From Health Care Without Harm) 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.”

HHI’s sponsoring health systems include Advocate Health Care, Bon Secours Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), Hospital Corporation of America, Inova Health System, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar Health, Partners HealthCare, Tenet Health Systems, and Vanguard Health Systems.

The new campaign urges the nation’s hospitals to commit to the three-year initiative to improve the health and safety of patients, staff and communities by using the Initiative’s newly issued, free step-by-step guides to implement the HHI Challenges:

• Engage in leadership on environmental health and sustainability • Serve healthier foods and beverages • Reduce energy use • Reduce waste and recycle • Use safer chemicals • Purchase environmentally preferable products

The health care sector is focused on improving health outcomes and ‘bending the cost curve’ by reining in costs,” said John Messervy, AIA, Director of Capital and Facility Planning, Partners HealthCare. “This Initiative helps hospitals free up resources to do what they do best – care for patients.”

To learn more about the Healthy Hospitals initiative and how your facility can step up to the challenge, join Health Care Without Harm for an informative, inspiring webinar on April 17th.

Also, visit to get started.


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