SOURCE: Novation

April 12, 2005 09:03 ET

Novation Receives 2005 Champion for Change Award

Nation's Leading Supply Services Company Is Recognized for Helping Hospitals Reduce Waste, Protect Environment, Eliminate Mercury

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2005 -- Novation, the supply company of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), today received the 2005 Champion for Change Award from Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E), a landmark initiative to improve the environmental performance of the health care sector. The awards ceremony and award winner presentations were delivered at the National Environmental Partnership Summit in Chicago. Novation also received this recognition in 2004.

"Novation is a national leader in the movement for environmental sustainability in health care," said Laura Brannen, director of the H2E program. "Novation is making changes in the way it does business to help health care facilities reduce their collective impact on the environment and improve the health of our communities."

Novation was recognized for its progress toward achieving H2E's overall goals, which include virtually eliminating mercury from health care facilities, reducing total waste generated in the health care sector and minimizing the use of hazardous chemicals.

In its 2004 pharmacy bid, which included contract awards to 139 pharmaceutical companies, Novation required that suppliers declare products that contain mercury at the line item level. And on an ongoing basis, Novation continues to remove and replace mercury-containing products, as alternatives become available, from its entire contract portfolio.

Novation has reduced by half its reliance on paper to coordinate its contract bidding process. Through implementation of an electronic invitation to bid document, contract launch packages and communications, Novation prevented 20,000 reams of paper from entering the waste stream in 2004. By requiring that suppliers respond to bids electronically, Novation has decreased the amount of paper submitted by suppliers by an estimated 300 reams.

Novation has also expanded its contracts for recycling products, and reusable and reposable medical products. These include contracts for mercury recycling, battery recycling, oximeter probe recycling, reusable and reposable trocars, reusable sterile and non-sterile gowns and reusable grounding pads. Novation's contract portfolio includes more than 1,000 contracts and approximately 570 suppliers, and is utilized by more than 2,300 VHA and UHC health care organizations.

To increase members' awareness of proper use, disposal and incineration of products containing polyvinyl chloride containing products, Novation published a PVC/DEHP Resource Guide in 2004. The guide also includes facts about the dangers of dioxin and the actual and potential impact on the environment. Members can receive a print version of the guide or access it online via Marketplace@Novation, Novation's industry leading online e-commerce exchange.

To further assist member hospitals with their own environmental efforts, Novation identifies suppliers that support environmentally preferable purchasing activities, such as recycling materials used in product manufacturing, producing environmentally friendly product and capital equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR® designation.

"Novation is at the forefront of the movement to the use and promote greener products and practices in health care," said Maryann Restino, vice president, contract and program services, for Novation. "We are committed to working with the health care organizations we serve to help them make their facilities safer and healthier for patients, staff and their communities."

H2E is a joint project of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, and Health Care Without Harm. The annual Champion for Change Awards are given based on a review by the H2E Awards Committee, composed of representatives from AHA, EPA, ANA, and HCWH, as well as other health care professionals and technical assistance providers. H2E aims to virtually eliminate the use of mercury in health care by 2005, cut health care waste in half by 2010, and reduce the use and production of toxic and hazardous substances.

About Novation

Based in Irving, Texas, Novation was established in January 1998 through a combination of the supply programs of VHA and UHC, two national health care alliances. Novation serves the purchasing needs of more than 2,300 members and affiliates of VHA and UHC. These organizations used Novation contracts to purchase more than $23 billion in supplies in 2004.

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