New Hampshire Hospital Association Signs on as Supporting

New Hampshire Hospital Association Signs on as Supporting
Organization of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative 
Formalizes Leadership Role in Environmental Health and Sustainability 
RESTON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 --  The Healthier Hospitals
Initiative (HHI) announced today that the New Hampshire Hospital
Association 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
healthier staff, better patient recovery rates, and environmentally
sustainable practices. Based on the success of the Institute for
Health Improvement's 100,000 lives campaign, 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.  
"The dedication of the New Hampshire Hospital Association is evident
in assuring that each of their patients receives the right care every
time," said Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm and
Founder of HHI. "Their commitment to collaborating to identify and
share best practices makes them an ideal supporter of HHI, whose
learning community is based on years of proven measures for improved
public health and reduced environmental impact."  
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 demon
strating success. "HHI offers us an opportunity to transform
the health care sector and use data to demonstrate the valuable
contribution that environmental stewardship activities have on
quality health care delivery and the bottom line," said NHHA
President Steve Ahnen.  
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.  
About the NHHA
 Hospitals have been collaborating through the New
Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission
is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information
in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems
in delivering high quality health care to the patients and
communities they serve. 
Contact:
Sherry MacDonald
(703) 870-7494
smacdonald@practicegreenhealth.org 
 
 
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