Sep 17, 2015

Hospital Sustainability Creates Avenues for Efficiencies

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Hospital sustainability creates avenues for efficiencies, improvements in patient care, and reductions in waste. Pick any hospital and you’ll find it’s one of the more vibrant, busy, multi-dynamically functioning buildings in the community. One difference that separates a hospital from any other office building is consumption. According the U.S. Department of Energy, hospitals are 2.5 times more energy intensive than other commercial buildings.1   Hospitals also generate enormous amounts of waste and are often one of the biggest users of water in a community.2,3

Unfortunately, many people look at sustainability as just another program. It’s time to shift this perception and consider sustainability as a way of thinking, not a separate objective. If Health Care facilities integrate sustainability into their normal processes then sustainability will flourish.   But how do hospital sustainability leaders create this shift? This is when external collaboration can be used to share ideas to help overcome challenges. While energy, compliance, waste, and procurement costs continue to rise against the constant pressure to cut costs, sustainability offers solutions that can create cost savings while benefitting the environment.

Hospital Sustainability Summit
3M Health Care has assembled a panel of sustainability experts who will share up-to-date information and strategies at our inaugural 3M Sustainability in Health Care Summit on October 16 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN.
These sustainability thought leaders will articulate issues and solutions specific to hospitals and health care facilities. Here is a sneak peek at the agenda:

  • The Role of Sustainability in Health Care – Kathy Gerwig, VP Employee Safety, Health & Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer at Kaiser Permanente
  • Successful Organizational Engagement in Health Care Sustainability – Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement  – Practice Greenhealth
  • Reducing Hospital Energy Cost – Mark Platt, Senior VP of Business Service – Gundersen Health
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing – Jackie Leveille, Director of Environmental Services – Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Legislative & Regulatory Levers to Advance Sustainability – Rachelle Reyes Wenger, Director Public Policy & Community Advocacy – Dignity Health
  • A Sustainable Community: Accessibility to Health Care – Steve Bergstrom, Sustainability Director – Intermountain Medical
  • Water Conservation – Kathy LaHaye and LTC Ross Davidson, Army Medical Command
  • Minnesota RARE Program: Data Analytics for Sustainable Outcomes – Kathy Cummings, Project Manager – Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
  • Hospital Waste Management – Mike Geller, Sustainability Manager – Providence

Join us at the 3M Innovation Center for this free event! Participants will also have many opportunities to network and build relationships with top IDN Executives and 3M Sustainability Leaders. Fortify your own leadership skills and form new ideas to build a comprehensive sustainability plan. Please register today!  Space is limited.

References:

1 http://www.sustainabilityroadmap.org/resources/#.VfmHDNJVhBc

2 https://practicegreenhealth.org/topics/waste

3 http://www.energystar.gov/sites/default/files/buildings/tools/DataTrends_Water_20121002.pdf

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