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Are healthcare facilities greening up their act?
ThomasNet Industrial News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Green practices seem like a natural for healthcare organizations, given their public-service mission and responsibility for promoting good health. The following are a few ways hospitals and other healthcare organizations doing at "greening" their facilities and operations. More


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Parkland Hospital's laundry recycles water for 'green' savings
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VideoBrief Inside the campus at Parkland Memorial Hospital sits a 47,000 square foot facility for one purpose: To wash 10 million pounds of laundry every year. The hospital now has a new high tech system that will save money and recycles water. More

Color-coded cafeteria food guides healthy eating
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Color-coding foods sold in hospital cafeterias may help guide people to make more nutritious choices. Researchers in Massachusetts experimented with color-coding foods into red, yellow and green categories depending on how healthy they were. Some U.S. cities will soon be required to label calories on menus as a public health policy. More

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6 issues that damage employee satisfaction in hospitals
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hospital employee satisfaction is coming under the spotlight, as healthcare leaders start to realize that organizational culture is directly tied to patient satisfaction, financial results and clinical quality. Here three hospital CEOs discuss the issues that hurt employee satisfaction in a hospital, as well as the approaches they take to fulfill and retain their associates. More

How greener medical products can address health concerns
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When patients are admitted to a hospital, they expect to be treated in an environment that helps people heal. They might be surprised to learn that hospitals across the U.S. use products and materials that contain industrial chemicals that can potentially do more harm than good. More

Stay connected to good jobs, green jobs
Good Jobs, Green Jobs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold four regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. These Regional Conferences — in Atlanta on Feb. 23-24, Los Angeles on March 15-16, Philadelphia on April 3-4, and Detroit on May 10-11 — provide a unique opportunity to meet like-minded people and build coalitions that will move us forward to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous economy. More

Drug companies fight take-back program for unused medicine
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Leftover medications are fueling an epidemic of prescription-drug abuse that is killing more Washingtonians than traffic accidents, say drug-addiction experts. Yet pharmaceutical companies have consistently torpedoed efforts here to fund a statewide disposal program for unused drugs. Meanwhile, environmental authorities say prescription drugs are turning up in waterways and even drinking water — and it's happening often enough that the old medications now are considered hazardous waste. More

Ultraviolet wands shed light on hospital cleaning
The Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cleaning inspections at Vancouver Island Health Authority facilities this year will involve some hightech detective work, thanks to the use of hand-held ultraviolet lights. It's a far cry from the technology used on crime-investigation TV dramas such as CSI. It's even a step down from news magazine programs that show ultraviolet wands illuminating contagious viruses in household bathrooms or icky DNA on hotel bedspreads. More

Frost & Sullivan: Robust System required monitoring, treating all medical waste
Waste Management World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Activities by Healthcare facilities represent 3 to 8 percent of the climate change footprint in developed-country settings. These statistics indicate that hospitals and healthcare facilities share huge responsibilities in protecting the environment and contributing to its development. More

Using evidence to motivate hospital employees
Hospitals & Health Networks Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All too often, we miss out on opportunities to learn from another area of our business. One clinical approach that can be emulated throughout the hospital is evidence-based practice, which integrates current research, caregiver perspectives and experience, and patient preferences. More

Chefs, butlers, marble baths: Hospitals vie for the affluent
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The feverish patient had spent hours in a crowded emergency room. When she opened her eyes in her Manhattan hospital room last winter, she recalled later, she wondered if she could be hallucinating: "This is like the Four Seasons — where am I?" The bed linens were by Frette, Italian purveyors of high-thread-count sheets to popes and princes. And in the hush of her $2,400 suite, a man in a black vest and tie proffered an elaborate menu and told her, "I'll be your butler." More

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