Nation’s Top Leaders in Health Care Sustainability Announce New Purchasing Marketplace

By Practice Greenhealth Staff on July 28, 2016

Greenhealth Exchange logoConcerned about the use of products and services in health care that are potentially harmful to human health, local communities and the planet, the nation’s top leaders in health care sustainability announced the launch of Greenhealth Exchange.

“We know the health of our communities and the health of our planet are inexorably linked,” said Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, director of ecology for Dignity Health. “Using high-quality products and processes for our patients that are also ecofriendly has long been a priority for Dignity Health. Greenhealth Exchange will help to further this mission both for Dignity Health and the health care industry as a whole.”

GX is a purchasing cooperative founded by four health systems including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dignity Health, Gundersen Health System and Partners HealthCare along with longtime sustainability advocates Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth. GX is backed by a combined total of 60 hospitals that together represent $21.2 billion in annual revenues and over $4 billion in purchasing power.

“What we buy matters, to our patients, to our staff and to the natural resources that our great-grandchildren will depend on,” said Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Vice President of Supply Chain Curtis Lancaster.

For more than 20 years, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth have worked collaboratively with hospitals, health systems, product manufacturers and suppliers to drive change in the market for environmentally preferable products. GX will build on these efforts, helping hospitals overcome barriers to green purchasing by offering greater access to high-quality products at competitive prices.

GX is currently developing a network of suppliers, and it expects to launch the online catalog in approximately six months. Conversations with additional major health systems are underway. GX President John Strong says he expects more to join GX before the catalog goes live.

Through detailed product specifications and supplier performance requirements, the unique marketplace will offer members access to:

  • High-quality green products brought together in one catalog at competitive prices.
  • Apples-to-apples comparisons on key product features, including price and sustainability
    scores, plus health, environmental and community benefits.
  • Tracking and reporting the benefits associated with every purchase.