RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) announced today that the State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality voluntary Pollution Prevention program has become a Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to help speed the health care sector toward environmental sustainability. HHI was launched by twelve hospital systems -- Advocate Health Care, Bon Secours Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Inova Health System, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar Health, Partners HealthCare, Stanford University Medical Center, Tenet Health Systems and Vanguard Health Systems -- along with Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm and the Center for Health Design, in May 2010.
HHI is a coordinated sector-wide approach based on the premise that how we design, build and operate hospitals can improve patient outcomes and workplace safety, prevent illnesses, create environmental benefits, and save money.
"It is impressive that the State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is fully engaged with the hospitals in their state, helping them to achieve success," said Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm and Founder of HHI. "As the key driver in educating and pointing hospitals toward resources, joining with our vibrant community to support this work will really mobilize the facilities across the state of Wyoming."
The leading hospital systems, Supporting Organizations and health care facilities work together to accelerate the widespread use of proven sustainability practices in six key "Challenge" areas:
- Engaged Leadership
- Healthier Food
- Leaner Energy
- Less Waste
- Safer Chemicals
- Smarter Purchasing
Success will be measured and tracked with aggregate data that can be sorted by state or hospital type -- data that will be of great use for demonstrating success.
"The State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is excited to partner with HHI. We are truly invested in the sustainability of our environment and the overall health of our citizens," said Landon Brown, State of Wyoming Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator. "We look forward to partnering with hospitals across our beautiful state to reduce energy consumption, total waste, and assist them in using safer, cleaner chemicals. Together with the voluntary efforts of hospitals and HHI we can continue to preserve our State's beauty and citizens' health."
HHI Supporting Organizations support the goals of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and seek opportunities to share information with organization members and associates. The green movement in health care is completely in concert with any organization's mission of improving the health and well-being of their community, and promoting effective stewardship of human and financial resources.
Learn more about the Healthier Hospitals Initiative at www.healthierhospitals.org.
About the Healthier Hospitals Initiative
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector. Eleven of the largest, most influential U.S. health systems, comprising over 475 hospitals with more than $20 billion in purchasing power, worked with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth to create HHI as a guide for hospitals to improve sustainability in six key areas: engaged leadership, healthier food, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals, and smarter purchasing. Sponsoring health systems include Advocate Health Care, Bon Secours Health System, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), Hospital Corporation of America, Inova Health System, Kaiser Permanente, MedStar Health, Partners HealthCare, Stanford University Medical Center, Tenet Health Systems and Vanguard Health Systems. More information is available at www.healthierhospitals.org.