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Practice Greenhealth announces winners of 2011 Environmmental Excellence Awards
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Practice Greenhealth, the nation's only membership association devoted to environmentally responsible health care, has announced its 2011 Environmental Excellence Award winners. These competitive awards are given within the health care sector to institutions for outstanding programs to reduce the facility's environmental footprint. More

Practice Greenhealth, Citi launch the Healthcare Renewable Energy Initiative
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Citi, a global leader in renewable energy, and Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading organization for health care institutions committed to implementing sustainable, eco-friendly practices, announced a new pilot partnership effort: the Healthcare Renewable Energy Initiative. HREI is an offering of transparent and flexible financing options for health systems and hospitals seeking to reduce energy consumption and become more energy efficient. More


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Mended menus
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Hospital cafeterias overhaul their offerings to promote more healthful eating habits among staff, visitors and patients. More

Proper cleaning helps prevent hospital infections
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A simple cleaning protocol can sharply curtail the spread of deadly antibiotic-resistant infections in the hospital, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. That adds to some other simple measures previously proven to prevent hospital infections, including a checklist that emphasizes, among other things, that folks in the hospital regularly wash their hands. More

How Daniels Sharpsmart™ reduces waste

Each year, for every 100 occupied beds, the Sharpsmart system reduced:

Plastic waste: 4 - 6 tons
Cardboard waste: 0.4 - 0.6 tons
Plastic containers discarded: 4,700 - 6,000
Labor to change out containers: 30% - 50% reduction
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Facility checkup: Conducting a health care building assessment
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Unlike owners of speculative facilities, the owners of health care buildings keep their properties for longer periods of time, and they also spend more effort on the upkeep of their buildings because of their critical nature and 24-hour utilization. Considering everything from seismic concerns to fire resistance, the building code writers also assign a higher level of importance to health care buildings. More

Study: Hands-free faucets harbor germs
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Hands-free electronic faucets can save a lot of water — and because you don't have to touch them with your grubby fingers to turn them on, have widely been assumed to help fight the spread of germs, too. But a team at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has discovered that at their facility, electronic faucets were more likely to be contaminated with Legionella bacteria than the old-fashioned manual type. More

Enhanced cleaning of ICUs associated with reduced risk of MRSA transmission
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An intervention for enhanced cleaning of intensive care unit rooms that included increased education on important cleaning techniques was associated with a lower rate of acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in rooms that were previously occupied by MRSA carriers, according to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine. More

Celebrate Earth Day — April 22
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Join Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm for free webinars on climate change and public health in celebration of Earth Day activities! Two webinars, the week before Earth Day, one for administrators, April 12, and one for clinicians, April 14, will focus on the health effects of climate change and the role of the health care sector. Both webinars will be recorded and available for your use anytime during Earth Week. Learn more and register here.

While a commitment to human health and the environment is demonstrated at your facility or organization every day, Earth Day and Earth Week celebrations are recognized as THE national time for education and celebration around that commitment. Earth Day activities in hospitals and health care settings traditionally include tree planting, park clean up, lectures, farmer's markets, fairs, departmental green competitions and more. The opportunities are as diverse as Practice Greenhealth membership organizations! Learn more about celebrating, promoting and sharing your Earth Day activities.

Providing a seat at the table
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According to "The State of Health Care Diversity Disparities," a 2008-2009 benchmarking study from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management conducted by HR Solutions Inc., the demographics of full-time health care employees now tend to mirror that of their patients, with 72 percent of both patients and full-time employees identified as Caucasian. Yet, when we compare this data against previous studies by the institute, we still see a lack of minority representation on the boards of trustees and executive teams, of which 90 percent of members are Caucasian. More

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