The State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

The State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Becomes
Supporting Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative 
Promotes Green Stewardship Within the Health Care System Across the
State of Wyoming 
RESTON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 --  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.  
Contact: 
Sherry MacDonald
(703) 870-7494
smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org