Practice Greenhealth Members Author New Sustainability Book

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Practice Greenhealth announced today that members Carrie R. Rich, J. Knox Singleton, and Seema Wadhwa have authored a new book on health care sustainability.

Practice Greenhealth announced today that members Carrie R. Rich, J. Knox Singleton, and Seema Wadhwa have authored a new book on health care sustainability. Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative challenges health care leaders to think through the implications of our decisions from fiscal, societal and environmental perspectives. It links health values with sustainability drivers in order to enlighten leadership about the value of sustainability as we move toward a new paradigm of health.

“The authors explore leadership priorities and link them to sustainability, through an imaginary health leader, Fred, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Memorial Hospital, a community hospital based in the United States," said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth and author of the book’s preface. “Each chapter frames a leadership priority and accompanying sustainability driver through a storyline that involves the main character, Fred, and his colleagues.”

Practical applications featuring evidence-based sustainability accomplishments and the coordinating reflections of renowned health care leaders are woven throughout the book. Every chapter includes leadership tools, illustrations and tables with tips and data to make an evidence-based case in support of health sustainability. Practical applications enhance each chapter by providing real examples of sustainability accomplishments and reflections from health care leaders bring such examples to life. The book includes a health care sustainability syllabus as well as suggested reading and teaching resources.

“This groundbreaking book makes a powerful case that sustainability in health care is a strategic priority for the 21st century,” said Gary Cohen, President, Health Care Without Harm. “The authors demonstrate in friendly and accessible language the critical role of leadership in driving sustainability throughout their organizations. Sustainable health care is the best path to lower costs, improved environmental performance, better patient and worker safety and healthier communities.”

By bringing together the key concepts of environmentally sustainable health care operations, this book is a unique resource to researchers, students and professionals working in health and health care management. Readers will also gain an appreciation for translating leadership priorities into sustainability tactics with beneficial operational outcomes.

The official launch event for the new book was held March 23, 2013, at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. For more information about the book or to order your copy, visit or contact Sherry MacDonald at smacdonald(at)practicegreenhealth(dot)org or 703.870.7494.

About Practice Greenhealth:
Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking organization for institutions in health care that have made a commitment to sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth’s and its members visit

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