Stanford University Medical Center and Gundersen Health System Join Other Major Health Systems in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Stanford University Medical Center and Gundersen Health System have joined eleven major hospital systems in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to help speed the health care sector toward environmental sustainability.

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Reston, Virginia (PRWEB) April 18, 2013

Stanford University Medical Center and Gundersen Health System Join Other Major Health Systems in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Commit to leadership position in national health care sustainability movement.

RESTON, VA—Stanford University Medical Center and Gundersen Health System have joined eleven major hospital systems in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a collaborative of leading health care institutions united to help speed the health care sector toward environmental sustainability. Stanford University Medical Center’s two renowned hospitals, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard children’s Hospital, and Gundersen Health System join the eleven 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, Tenet Health Systems and Vanguard Health Systems—along with Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm and the Center for Health Design, that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative in May 2010 and rolled it out nationally in April 2012.

These leading hospital systems are partnering with the other organizations to provide expertise, resources, and technical assistance to help hospitals incorporate sustainability into their everyday operations in six key “Challenge” areas:

  •     Engaged Leadership
  •     Healthier Food
  •     Leaner Energy
  •     Less Waste
  •     Safer Chemicals
  •     Smarter Purchasing

HHI is moving the health care sector from good ideas implemented by individual facilities to a comprehensive system- and sector-wide adoption of sustainable practices and cost reduction. The Initiative is based on the premise that a coordinated sector-wide approach to learn from each other as we re-invent how we design, build and operate hospitals can improve patient outcomes and workplace safety, prevent illnesses, create extraordinary environmental benefits, and save billions of dollars.

“Stanford University Medical Center is proud to be a Sponsoring System of HHI in the effort to bring environmentally friendly practices to hospitals across the country,” said Krisanne Hanson, Director of Sustainability. “Hospitals face unique challenges when it comes to engaging leadership and staff in reducing energy and waste, serving healthier foods, using safer chemicals and environmentally preferable products, and through this partnership we hope to advance the movement.”

Hospitals can demonstrate their support for the program by becoming a sponsoring organization, or by enrolling in the program and participating in activities to show their progress. They can also participate in the online sharing of information and expertise, case studies, and collaborate with other health care institutions to encourage and assist with sustainability efforts.

“As health care organizations, it is important for us to lead by example and improve our environmental footprint in the communities we serve. Gundersen Health System has been actively engaged in green practices for years and our work toward sustainability has paid off,” stated Gundersen Health System CEO Jeff Thompson, M.D. “We are pleased to be a sponsoring system of HHI and help other healthcare systems learn how they can implement successful sustainability programs in their own communities.”

Learn more about the Healthier Hospitals Initiative at http://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. Twelve of the largest, most influential U.S. health systems, comprising over 500 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), Gundersen Health System, 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 http://www.healthierhospitals.org.

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital and Clinics, located in Palo Alto, California with multiple facilities throughout the region, is internationally renowned for leading edge and coordinated care in cancer, neurosciences, cardiovascular medicine, surgery, organ transplant, medicine specialties and primary care. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health, alleviate suffering, and translate medical breakthroughs into better ways to deliver patient care. Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, please visit:
http://www.stanfordhospital.org.

About Packard Children’s Hospital
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is an internationally recognized 311-bed hospital, research center and leading regional medical network providing the full complement of services for the health of children and expectant mothers. In partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine, our world-class doctors and nurses deliver innovative, family-centered care in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, tailored to every patient. Packard Children’s is annually ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Northern California children’s hospital with specialty programs ranked in the U.S. News Top 10. Learn more about us at http://www.lpch.org and about our continuing growth at growing.lpch.org. Like us on Facebook, watch us on YouTube and follow us on Twitter.

About Gundersen Lutheran
Based in La Crosse, Wis., Gundersen Lutheran Health System is a multi-specialty group medical practice with hospitals and clinics throughout western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa that provide emergency, specialty and primary care services. HealthGrades® ranked Gundersen Lutheran Health System in the upper 2% of hospitals in the country for cardiac care in 2012, #1 in Wisconsin for cardiac care in 2011 and 2012. To find the latest news releases, go to gundluth.org/news.

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