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  • Nov
    19
    2014

    China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

    By: HHI Admin
    Joe Romm November 19, 2014 Think Progress   The Chinese government announced Wednesday it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council, or cabinet, said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a staggering reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week. Now they’ll be building the equivalent in carbon-free power every week for decades, while the construction rate of new coal plants decelerates like a crash-test dummy. The 2020 coal peak utterly refutes the GOP...
  • Nov
    14
    2014

    Hospital Sustainability Purchasing to Reach 80 Percent by 2016

    By: HHI Admin
    Ryan McAskill October 29, 2014 RevCycle Intelligence A new survey found that more hospitals are planning to invest in sustainability products going forward. The idea of “going green” has touched many aspects of today’s culture and it seems as it health care practices are starting to get on board. Environmentally friendly approaches to health care are growing in popularity, but they also could have tangible benefits for hospitals that invest. According to a recent Harris Poll that was commissioned by Johnson & Johnson, sustainability will become a major focus for health care organizations...
  • Nov
    14
    2014

    Calling All Physicians: Let's Get Smart About Antibiotics

    By: HHI Admin
    Amy Collins November 24, 2014 Health Care Without Harm As a practicing physician and Senior Clinical Advisor for Health Care Without Harm, I can say with urgency and certainty that NOW is the time for physicians to Get Smart about antibiotics.  Last week, the CDC’s annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week included the launch of thePhysician Pledge for Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship Pledge. A growing number of physicians and pharmacists are signing the pledge to celebrate their holiday meals by purchasing a turkey raised without the use of routine antibiotics (I’ve ordered mine) along...
  • Nov
    4
    2014

    Study documents millions in unused medical supplies in US operating rooms each year

    By: HHI Admin

    October 27, 2014

    Medical XPress

    A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries. A report on the research, published online Oct. 16 in the World Journal of Surgery, highlights not only an opportunity for U.S. hospitals to help relieve the global burden of surgically treatable diseases, but also a means of reducing the cost and...
  • Nov
    4
    2014

    From Farm to Patient Tray: Retrofitting the supply chain to meet hospitals’ demand for local food

    By: HHI Admin

    Kendra Klein

    October 22, 2014

    Good Food Web

    Hospitals and other large institutional buyers represent a major marketing opportunity for good food entrepreneurs like farms and ranches. But how can the two ends of the food chain best connect? Guest author Kendra Klein cites one success story happening in Northern California. This summer, the strawberries on patient trays at hospitals across the San Francisco Bay Area came from the same place they’ve been coming from for years - the warehouses of Bay Cities Produce, a regional food distribution company.  But some 10,000...
  • Nov
    1
    2014

    The Case for Recycling Surgical Supplies

    By: HHI Admin
    Cheryl Clark October 30,2014 Health Leaders Media   A large hospital can rack up $15 million in wasted surgical supplies annually, researchers find. At least some of these materials could be recycled for use in developing countries, they say.   It's not that surprising that millions of dollars in surgical supplies are opened in operating rooms but go unused every year in the average teaching hospital.   What is surprising is the amount of that waste—about $15.4 million a year in any large hospital—and that at least some of these supplies could be used in developing countries where they are in...
  • Nov
    1
    2014

    The Case for Recycling Surgical Supplies

    By: HHI Admin
    Cheryl Clark October 30,2014 Health Leaders Media   A large hospital can rack up $15 million in wasted surgical supplies annually, researchers find. At least some of these materials could be recycled for use in developing countries, they say.   It's not that surprising that millions of dollars in surgical supplies are opened in operating rooms but go unused every year in the average teaching hospital.   What is surprising is the amount of that waste—about $15.4 million a year in any large hospital—and that at least some of these supplies could be used in developing countries where they are in...
  • Oct
    28
    2014

    Practice Greenhealth Receives Top ASAE Honors for its Healthier Hospitals Initiative

    By: HHI Admin

    The health care sector leads their communities to healthier future

    October 28, 2014 (Reston, Virginia) – Practice Greenhealth has earned a 2014 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national campaign to implement a new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector.

    The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) honored Practice Greenhealth for enriching lives through its collaborative efforts to create guide for hospitals to reduce energy and waste, choose safer...

  • Oct
    27
    2014

    Carrie Abernathy Named Chair of Green Meetings Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation

    By: HHI Admin

    Continues to advance the importance of sustainable meetings

    October 27, 2014 (Reston, Virginia) – Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce that Carrie Meadows Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Director of Education, Training & Events, was named Chair of the Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Foundation (GMIF) along with its 2014-2015 Board of Trustees for the fiscal year ending May 2015. The GMIF and its parent organization, the Green Meeting Industry Council ("GMIC”) are the leading resource for meeting professionals who seek to better understand and...

  • Oct
    27
    2014

    Hospitals turn to sustainable purchasing

    By: HHI Admin

    Chris Nerney

    Healthcare Finance News

    October 27, 2014

    More than half of U.S. hospitals now make sustainability a factor in purchasing decisions, according to a recent survey.

    Perhaps more significantly, more than 80 percent of hospitals in the U.S. expect to be engaging in sustainability purchasing within two years, the Harris Poll survey of healthcare professionals shows.

    There are a “variety of drivers” prompting hospitals to turn to sustainability purchasing, says John Frey, who bears the title of “America’s Sustainability Executive” at Hewlett-Packard...

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