Broadlane Receives Champion for Change Award for Third Consecutive Year

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The Champion for Change Award is an achievement reserved for organizational partners supplying health care products and services that are considerate of the earth and its resources.

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The stakes are high, and Broadlane has shown us its solutions are sustainable and exciting.

Broadlane is pleased to announce it received the Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award for the third consecutive year for outstanding contributions as a group purchasing organization to environmentally responsible health care. The award was presented to Broadlane, along with other top health care and health care partnering organizations, at the Environmental Excellence Awards today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Champion for Change Award is an achievement reserved for organizational partners supplying health care products and services that are considerate of the earth and its resources. The winners of this award have demonstrated success in greening their organization and have also assisted others who are committed to improving their environmental performance.

"This award is a reflection of Broadlane’s business ethics and represents a strong commitment to protect patient health and preserve the environment," said Bob Jarboe, executive director, Practice Greenhealth. "The stakes are high, and Broadlane has shown us its solutions are sustainable and exciting."

"Health care facilities and health care partners are accepting the challenge and demonstrating increasing willingness to take a strong stand on issues affecting the health of patients, health care workers and the environment," said Charles Saunders, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer, Broadlane. "We are living the environmental motto of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle,’ reducing our impact on the environment and assisting clients in reducing their impact on the environment."

In October 2007, Broadlane adopted a significant innovative green alternative: computer virtualization. Virtualization software allows the Broadlane technology department to run several servers on a single piece of physical hardware. Broadlane converted the majority of its production and supporting test environments to a virtual platform. The transition to virtual computing reduced its environmental footprint by 90 percent. The virtual servers use less space, heat, power, air-conditioning and lower hardware maintenance costs. Broadlane recycled the old servers to reduce landfill waste.

"Broadlane is moving from awareness to action-oriented processes and systems that integrate environmentally conscience behaviors into all contracting processes," said Annetta Nellams, senior manager, environmental stewardship program, Broadlane. "As a corporate leader in environmental stewardship, we not only provide environmentally preferable purchasing options to our clients, we also participate in environmentally preferable purchasing as a company."

Broadlane actively seeks to contract with suppliers who are environmental stewards and provide environmentally preferable products for all clients. Environmental priorities and activities vary among clients and include objectives to raise awareness of environmentally preferable purchasing, environmental sustainability and patient safety.

"Broadlane recognizes the importance of providing environmentally sound products and services and has developed a comprehensive plan of action," said DeAnna Herrin, senior vice president, contracting services, Broadlane. "Our environmental stewardship program represents our commitment and embraces action, rather than just awareness. We consciously choose environmentally responsible contracting, actively help our clients purchase environmentally preferable products and deliberately take actions at our corporate office to improve environmental performance."

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the result of the merger of two leading organizations – Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) and the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) – with a new clean energy and energy efficiency program – Healthcare Clean Energy Exchange (HCEE). For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit

About Broadlane

Broadlane is a leading supply chain services company serving thousands of acute care hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, physician practices and other healthcare providers throughout the United States.

Broadlane provides comprehensive supply chain services including:

•    High-powered national and custom contracting

•    Innovative Procurement Services and technology

•    Informatics – benchmarking, analytics and reporting

•    Deep clinical and operational expertise

•    Resource Management Services

Broadlane's clients include leading providers such as Advocate Health Care, Ascension Health, CHRISTUS Health, Continuum Health Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Kindred Healthcare, MedCath Corporation, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Tenet Healthcare, The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, US Oncology, UMass Memorial Health Care and Beaumont Hospitals.

The company is headquartered in Dallas with offices in Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, New York City and Oakland. For more information, visit

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