White House Event to Address Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Progress on Reducing Cost and Improving Environmental Sustainability in Hospitals

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The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will host top Administration officials, hospital administrators and policy experts for a discussion, “Greening America’s Hospitals,” highlighting the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s (HHI) role in improving hospitals’ operations and business models by adopting sustainability initiatives. Advocate Health Care has joined the Initiative to adopt sustainability efforts that will promote health and well-being for patients, hospital staff and members of the community.

“By participating in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, we are advancing our commitment to protecting and improving patient health and the health of our environment.” - Jim Skogsbergh, president and chief executive officer of Advocate Health Care.

WHAT: The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will host top Administration officials, hospital administrators and policy experts for a discussion, “Greening America’s Hospitals,” highlighting the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s (HHI) role in improving hospitals’ operations and business models by adopting sustainability initiatives. Two panel discussions, “Fostering a Culture of Environmental Sustainability” and “Healthier Hospitals Initiative: Transforming the Supply Chain,” will address the benefits of increasing sustainability efforts in hospitals and spotlight the linkages between environmental sustainability and economic profitability, from saving thousands on energy, waste, and water bills to creating a safer and healthier atmosphere for patients and hospital employees.

As research increasingly links environmental factors with chronic disease, Advocate Health Care has joined the Initiative to adopt sustainability efforts that will promote health and well-being for patients, hospital staff and members of the community.

“Hospitals have an obligation to patients, staff and communities to not only find a better, smarter way of doing business, but also to improve health by making smart decisions about using less energy, using safer chemicals and serving healthier foods,” said Jim Skogsbergh, president and chief executive officer of Advocate Health Care. “By participating in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, we are advancing our commitment to protecting and improving patient health and the health of our environment.”

WHY: HHI is helping hospitals achieve lower costs and better patient care by challenging them to improve operations in six areas:

  •     Engaged Leadership Challenge: engage in leadership on environmental health and sustainability
  •     Healthier Food Challenge: serve healthier foods and beverages
  •     Leaner Energy Challenge: reduce energy use
  •     Less Waste Challenge: reduce waste and recycle
  •     Safer Chemicals Challenge: use safer chemicals
  •     Smarter Purchasing Challenge: purchase environmentally preferable products

As a result of these efforts, more than 500 hospitals have taken steps to improve the environment in which people live, work and receive care.

WHO: Senior Administration officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge will be in attendance.

WHEN: July 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT

WHERE: The discussion will be live-streamed on the White House website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. Follow the discussion on Twitter by using #healthierhospitals

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