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Just Breathe

Anesthesia and the use of anesthetic agents are not new to the health care sector. However, their direct impact on the environment, patients and community health is quickly becoming a… Read More
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Every Last Drop

Hospitals are on the front lines of the water crisis. These facilities account for 7 percent of the commercial and institutional water use in the United States, using an average… Read More
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‘Bee’ Green

Bees are New Jersey’s official state insect, so it’s no coincidence that The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood is literally a-buzz with the yellow-and-black insects. Valley was the first hospital in… Read More
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Practice Greenhealth, Engage

One of the benefits of Practice Greenhealth membership is a dedicated liaison for direction, technical assistance, identifying key resources and educational offerings. Each Member Engagement team staffer is responsible for… Read More

Lessons in Excellence

2016 Greening the OR Circle of Excellence Winners Cleveland Clinic Harborview Medical Center Johns Hopkins Hospital Marymount Hospital Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Regions Hospital University of Maryland Medical Center… Read More

New Buying Tool: Hospitals Can Save Money and the Planet

Hospitals spend 17 percent of their budgets on medical supplies. Hospitals also have an enormous energy footprint, are major water users and when it’s time to dispose of used supplies,… Read More

Ready, Set, Measure!

You can’t be sure how far you have come if you don’t know where you started. When deploying sustainability initiatives, understanding what you want to accomplish, where you currently are,… Read More

Sew Successful

Students in Dieruff High School’s sewing club partnered with the Lehigh Valley Health Network to repurpose blue surgical wrap as resources for the community’s homeless population. Not every project that… Read More

Warm Feet, Warm Hearts

Mary Beth Brown, a PACU team member at Virginia Mason, collects yellow socks for donation (Courtesy of Ingrid Ougland, Communications Department). Where one person might just see yellow hospital socks,… Read More

Goodbye to Meat with Antibiotics

Esmerada, a patient food server at Pomerado Hospital, prepares to serve organic salad and chicken raised without antibiotics (Courtesy of Barbara Hamilton). What do McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Subway, Chick-fil-A and… Read More ← Older posts Newer posts →