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  • Sharing Call: Energy Projects: Getting Finance on Board

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/25/2016

    Join us while we share what we will present in March for CFOs on on the importance of investing in energy efficiency projects.

    Description

    On March 1st, CFOs will hear from their colleagues at a New Hampshire Hospital Association CFO meeting about the many benefits of investing in energy and water efficiency projects. To help facilities staff for conversations with their CFOs on the importance of investing in energy efficiency projects, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth held a brief call on February 25th for facilities staff.

    This call revealed what we will be presenting in March - including the financial terms and ideas we will push forward at the NHHA meeting. Participants also shared their feedback and discussed materials and documents that Health Care Without Harm CWH and Practice Greenhealth can provide to assist with the conversation.

    Facilitator

    Stephanie Buckler, Esq.Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    Stephanie Buckler is the eastern Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the Healthier Hospitals Program of Practice Greenhealth with a specialty in energy. For the past ten years, Stephanie Buckler has dedicated her professional life to the improvement of health care. She began her education by studying health care policy at Brandeis University and went on to concentrate in health law at Suffolk University Law School. She is barred in Massachusetts and New York. For the past several years, Stephanie has worked with the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) in the Legal and Regulatory Department. It was at MHA that she became devoted to working with hospitals and was first introduced to and extremely intrigued by the Healthier Hospitals Program.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Nonmember: $0

  • Sharing Call: Healthier Hospitals ---- Refreshed And Ready to Go!

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/24/2016

    Join Janet Howard and Lauren Kleinman for a review of the highlights of the three-year initiative, review the refreshed six Challenge areas and learn about the power of aggregate data through the focused goals of the new Market Transformation Group.

    Session Description

    The three-year Healthier Hospitals Initiative campaign (2012-2015) served as a guide for hospitals to adopt environmental best practices such as reducing energy and waste, choosing safer and less toxic products, and purchasing and serving healthier food. One thousand enrollees submitted data around the six Challenge areas and valued the clarity of packaged goals including data collection protocol, guidance documents and case studies.
    Due to the momentum and success of the Initiative, Healthier Hospitals continues as a free program for both those just getting started and for Practice Greenhealth members as a powerful use of aggregate data and market transformation.
    Join Janet Howard and Lauren Kleinman for a review of the highlights of the three-year initiative, review the refreshed six Challenge areas and learn about the power of aggregate data through the focused goals of the new Market Transformation Group..

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how the Healthier Hospitals program supports hospitals that are just getting started.
    • Explore what has changed as the Initiative transitioned to a program and the Challenges were refreshed.
    • Access guidance documents and worksheets to support building a case to leadership for sustainability initiatives.
    • Learn how the power of aggregate data is used to compel the supply chain to provide healthier products, services and equipment.

    Presenters

    lauren_kleinman-100x100.jpgLauren Kleinman, MA, MENR, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    Lauren Kleinman is an Outreach and Engagement Specialist for Practice Greenhealth, in addition to her project management responsibilities for Healthier Hospitals, the Market Transformation Group, and working with the HCWH Climate Program to bring fresh content on climate and health to Practice Greenhealth. Prior to joining the organization, Lauren earned a dual Masters in environment and natural resources / public policy and administration from The Ohio State University while she worked at OSU Wexner Medical Center in the pharmacy department.

    jhoward.jpgJanet Howard, Director, Member Engagement, Practice Greenhealth and Director, Healthier Hospitals

    Janet Howard directs Practice Greenhealth's member engagement and the development of guidance documents, content, educational opportunities and a community of sharing best practices for the Practice Greenhealth membership. She also directs the Healthier Hospitals program, a free program for those just getting started on environmental stewardship. Janet pioneered environmental interventions in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Healthcare Design magazine. You can read Janet's columns on her linked in page and follow her on twitter @janny14. Janet lives in Amherst, MA.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0

  • Sharing Call: Hello There, Get Ready to Share! What’s New to Do for Earth Day 2016?

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/17/2016

    Join Ms. Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson, Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability at Littleton Adventist Hospital as we get ready for 2016 Earth Day!

    Session Description

    Join Ms. Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson, Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability at Littleton Adventist Hospital as we get ready for 2016 Earth Day!

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify three fresh ideas to celebrate Earth Day in healthcare settings
    • Explore Practice Greenhealth Resources for Earth Day
    • Share your plans and ideas for Earth Day

    Presenters


    Ms. Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson, Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability, Littleton Adventist Hospital

    Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson grew up in Finland. Growing up in Europe and being raised by post-World War II parents, who did not waste anything, gave Kirsi a deep appreciation of the benefits of sustainable living, both in regards to our environment and our finances.

    After graduating from the University of Helsinki with a Bachelor of Science degree, Kirsi came to the United States to attend graduate school in Ames, Iowa. It was there that she earned a Master of Science degree in Institution Management and an ADA Administrative Dietitian certification.

    Kirsi is currently employed at Littleton Adventist Hospital (LAH) in Littleton, Colorado as the Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability. Additionally, she is in charge of the hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste programs at LAH and she is one of the key advisors for these programs for the 16 Centura Health hospitals.

    Under Kirsi's leadership, Littleton Adventist Hospital's environmental sustainability program has developed from a grassroots effort in 2008 to an award winning program, which has been recognized both locally and nationally.

    Littleton Adventist Hospital has received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth two years in the row (2014 and 2015), with Circles of Excellence in Waste, Food and Water. LAH is also a member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at the Silver level, and has been listed among Colorado's 50 Greenest Businesses by Colorado GreenBiz in 2014.

    Kirsi is active in the State's environmental sustainability initiatives, as a second-year Board member of Colorado Environmental Partnership, representing Colorado's healthcare sector. She is also an advisor on CDPHE's Healthier Hospital Compact.

    Kirsi is most proud of her six children, her ranch, and the fact that she has been helping to transform the culture at LAH from a very convenience driven suburban mentality in 2008, to a present culture where the associates are concerned of their organization's negative impacts on the environment.

    Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA Facility Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

    Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA is Member Engagement Manager at Practice Greenhealth where she manages member accounts by providing support and technical expertise related to environmental and sustainability programs in health care settings. She is a health care professional with over 25 years of experience in health care quality management. Prior to joining the Practice Greenhealth team she was employed by the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Hermine developed the sustainability framework for improvement at this hospital and consulted with other community hospitals and nursing homes in Western Massachusetts regarding health care sustainability. For these efforts she was recognized as a Nurse Luminary whose members shine a light on environmental challenges in the diverse settings where they live and work. Hermine applied her healthcare experience while earning a Green MBA from Antioch University New England.

    Jill Deleon, BSN, RN-BC, Clinical Staff Nurse, Supplemental Staffing Team, Green Committee Nurse Representative, Tampa General Hospital

    Jill Deleon is a floating nurse for the Supplemental Staffing Team at Tampa General Hospital. She embarked on her second career on a Trauma Surgery unit in 2006, and began rotating among Medical-Surgical, Joint and Orthopedic Trauma, Cardiovascular Telemetry, Complex Medicine, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Pediatric and Antepartum units in 2012. Jill is an active member of Tampa General's nursing shared governance councils, including Heart Failure, Patient Education, Medication Use Improvement and the Nurse Practice Council.

    Jill was charged with spearheading a DEHP Assessment for TGH's Green Committee in 2012, and since has become passionate about the role nurses can play in reducing the TGH carbon footprint, promoting public health and protecting the Tampa Bay estuary. She resurrected TGH's Earth Day celebration last year with a local vendor fair and an Earth Day Film Festival.

    Prior to her nursing career Jill served as Systems Liaison for the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, a local non-profit charged with community oversight of federal, state, local and private funds allocated for reducing county-wdie low birth weight and other poor birth outcomes. Jill possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Western Governor's University.


  • Leadership – A Call to Action with Jeff Thompson, MD, Executive Advisor and CEO Emeritus, Gundersen Health System

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Recorded on 01/27/16 - Jeff Thompson, MD will share his tips for leadership and sustainability programming – for the bottom line, for the community, for staff, patients and the planet.

    Session Description

    Must attend for Senior Leadership at Hospitals!

    Jeff Thompson, MD will share his tips for leadership and sustainability programming – for the bottom line, for the community, for staff, patients and the planet. Gundersen Health has won numerous accolades, including Practice Greenhealth's Top 25 Award and the first hospital to achieve energy independence, meaning, at Gundersen, they generate MORE energy than they use. They hit this milestone on October 14, 2014. Gundersen reduced their energy use by 40% and realized savings of over $2 million per year.

    During this call we will:

    • Understand why leadership is critical for sustainability initiatives to reach their full potential and maximize return.
    • Explore leadership's role in sustainability programming.
    • Learn about Practice Greenhealth, Health Care without Harm and the community of organizations that come together to share best practices.
    • Recognize that sustainability staffing pays for itself through cost savings associated with environmental improvement activities.
    • Take away three examples of where doing the right thing reduced costs.
    Dr. Thompson, a nationally recognized speaker and voice for the role sustainability plays in quality care is hosting this call as a way to engage other leaders and help them realize the same success that Gundersen has enjoyed. Any hospital – large, small, rural or urban can reduce costs, improve environmental impact, engage workers and the community and do the right thing. Join Dr. Thompson for the leadership perspective on how to integrate environmental improvement activities into health care operations and create a culture of possibilities.

    Presenter:

    imageJeffrey E. Thompson, MD, is a pediatric intensivist and neonatologist, executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System. Dr. Thompson is on the Board of Practice Greenhealth
    Since completing his professional training in 1984, Dr. Thompson has worked full-time solely at Gundersen. He served on Gundersen's boards beginning in 1992 and played a key role in the organization's negotiations and governance design. Dr. Thompson served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001 and as chief executive officer from 2001 to 2015.
    A founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and a 2013 White House Champion of Change, Dr. Thompson has led Gundersen's nationally-recognized initiatives for patient care, quality improvement and sustainability.
  • Sharing Call: Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge: How To Set up a Sustainability Internship at Your Facility

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/19/2016

    Join Practice Greenhealth’s Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Nancy Larson, Director of the K-state Pollution Prevention Institute for a review of Practice Greenhealth’s new Sustainability Intern Toolkit and tips for sustainability internship success. Nancy will share successes from partnerships between Kansas State University and Via Christi around energy and water conservation as well as solid waste reduction.

    Description

    Did you know that many of today's health care sustainability coordinators started out as interns? Are you trying to implement sustainability initiatives when your plate is already filled? Are you challenged by not enough hours in the day to get the work done? Are you trying to engage leadership in creating a position at your facility?

    Join Practice Greenhealth's Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and Nancy Larson, Director of the K-state Pollution Prevention Institute for a review of Practice Greenhealth's new Sustainability Intern Toolkit and tips for sustainability internship success. Nancy will share successes from partnerships between Kansas State University and Via Christi around energy and water conservation as well as solid waste reduction.

    Tackle the staffing challenge and create green jobs! Start up a sustainability internship at your facility.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the refreshed goals of the Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge and how it can be used to engage leadership.
    • Review the Sustainability Intern Toolkit to facilitate implementing an internship at your facility.
    • Participate in discussion and get questions answered.

    Presenters

    Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement, Practice Greenhealth and Director, Healthier Hospitals
    Janet Howard directs Practice Greenhealth's Member Engagement and the development of guidance documents, content, educational opportunities and a community of sharing best practices for the over 1,000 health care members. She also directs the free Healthier Hospitals program, a free program for those just getting started on environmental stewardship. Janet pioneered environmental interventions in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. You can read Janet's columns on her linked in page and follow her on twitter @janny14. Janet lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

    jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org

    Nancy J. Larson, RS
    Nancy Larson is director with the Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute. Nancy has a B.S. in microbiology and environmental health, and is a registered environmental health specialist and a practical nurse. She has more than 30 years' experience in the environmental and public health arena, and has worked with K-State since 2000. She has experience working in all areas of industrial environmental compliance and source reduction, but specializes with the health care industry. In 2002, Nancy founded and led the Kansas Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and in 2006 began hosting the Pollution Prevention (P2) Intern Program.

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    nlarson@ksu.edu




  • Sharing Call: Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge - Making the Case to Leadership

    Contains 10 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/13/2016

    Join Practice Greenhealth’s Janet Howard for a review of the new challenge goals, its associated tools and step by step guidance on how to use the Engaged Leadership challenge to do just that – engage leadership! Join us!

    Session Description

    Most sustainability programs start from a variety of individuals from a variety of departments. There is no shortage of passionate people that have figured out creative ways to go green, often as volunteers and off their regular work hours.

    These programs will only bring a sustainability program so far.To get to the next level, leadership engagement is required.The Healthier Hospitals program has refreshed its engaged leadership challenge – consider it a prequel.The two-part goal starts with a step by step approach to help make the case to leadership for their support in taking departmental and pockets of success and using Healthier Hospitals additional goals to create a foundation for a long term commitment.

    Join Practice Greenhealth's Janet Howard for a review of the new challenge goals, its associated tools and step by step guidance on how to use the Engaged Leadership challenge to do just that – engage leadership!Join us!

    A follow up to this call is a review of the new Sustainability Internship Toolkit.

    Whom should attend this call:Administration, Green Teams, Any individual trying to engage their leadership in sustainability initiatives


    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the refreshed goals of the Healthier Hospitals Engaged Leadership Challenge and how it can be used to engage leadership.
    • Review the Making the Case Worksheet, Champion Worksheet, Sharing Success Worksheet and Proposal Power Point template to facilitate making the case and your facility.
    • Participate in discussion and get questions answered.

    Presenter

    Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement
    Healthier Hospitals
    Practice Greenhealth
    jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org


  • Sharing Call: How to Conduct a Waste Baseline with Janet Howard

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/18/2015

    Recorded on 11/18/15 - Proper tracking and management of materials and wastes is on the mind of all hospitals – regardless of how “sustainable” a hospital may be. The Joint Commission requires that every hospital have a Hazardous Material and Waste Management Plan and a process for managing materials and wastes.

    Description

    Proper tracking and management of materials and wastes is on the mind of all hospitals – regardless of how “sustainable" a hospital may be. The Joint Commission requires that every hospital have a Hazardous Material and Waste Management Plan and a process for managing materials and wastes.
    In order to submit a Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award, hospitals are required to submit data on the types and amounts of wastes that are generated. Award thresholds include a less than 10% Regulated Medical Waste rate and a minimum of a 15% recycling rate. The award reviewers also require other waste reduction activities and some details on how hospitals achieved the targets.
    Join Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement and former health care Waste Manager for an overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste. Janet will provide a step by step approach to tracking each waste stream, as required by Practice Greenhealth.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how Practice Greenhealth defines material and waste stream categories.
    • Understand the importance of both the amount of waste and associated costs for prioritizing waste reduction strategies.
    • Identify the thresholds required for Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards criteria.
    • Recognize that waste and recycler haulers can support a hospital's data collection needs.
    • Identify resources to help track materials and waste streams.

    Presenter

    Janet Howard, Director, Member Engagement, Healthier Hospitals jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org
    Janet Howard directs Practice Greenhealth's Member Engagement and the development of guidance documents, content, educational opportunities and a community of sharing best practices for the over 1,000 health care members. She also directs the free Healthier Hospitals program, a free program for those just getting started on environmental stewardship. Janet pioneered environmental interventions in health care from 1991-2004 for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. She is a frequent writer on health care sustainability issues for outlets like Greenbiz, CSR Wire and Health Care Design Magazine. You can read Janet's columns on her linked in page and follow her on twitter @janny14. Janet lives in Amherst, MA.


    This is a member-only resource.


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  • Understanding How EPA’s New Proposed Rule for the Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Will Affect Health Care Facilities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/17/2015

    EPA has proposed a new rule for how health care facilities must manage their hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. One of the authors of the new proposed rule will explain the main provisions of the proposal.

    Description

    EPA has proposed a new rule for how healthcare facilities must manage their hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. One of the authors of the new proposed rule will explain the main provisions of the proposal.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how the proposed standards will change the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals at health care facilities
    • Understand the intersection of DEA and EPA regulations
    • Help shape the final rule by learning how to submit public comment on the proposed rule

    Presenter

    imageKristin Fitzgerald, EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
    Kristin Fitzgerald is with U.S. EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery in Washington, DC. She has been with the Agency for fourteen years, working primarily on hazardous waste generator issues. Kristin started working on hazardous waste generator issues. Kristin started working on RCRA twenty-five years ago – answering questions on the RCRA/Superfund Hotline. Prior to joining EPA she worked as a consultant to the EPA and the Department of Energy and conducted research on the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on wetland plants while managing a laboratory at a University. She holds a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University in New York and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University in Virginia.

    Pricing

    FREE for ALL!

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  • Sharing Call: DEA Disposal Regulations

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/17/2015

    The regulations implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act became effective in October, 2014. The regulations require controlled substances inventory be disposed of in specific ways. Pharmaceutical wastage is not considered inventory.

    Description

    The regulations implementing the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act became effective in October, 2014. The regulations require controlled substances inventory be disposed of in specific ways. Pharmaceutical wastage is not considered inventory.

    Learning Objectives

    • Explain disposal regulations.
    • Define controlled substance inventory.
    • Define pharmaceutical wastage.
    • Define non-retrievable.

    Presenter

    Ruth Carter, Chief, Drug Enforcement Administration

    Section Chief (SC) Ruth A. Carter has been employed by the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Diversion Control since August 1988. Throughout her career, SC Carter has been assigned to the following Offices: Oklahoma City, OK, Riverside, CA, Las Vegas, NV, DEA HQ, and Seattle, WA. SC Carter was promoted to a supervisory diversion investigator in 1999 while stationed in the Las Vegas District Office.

    SC Carter has been assigned to DEA Headquarters two times. During her first tour, she was a Staff Coordinator. Since being assigned to DEA Headquarters in November 2012, SC Carter has been the Chief of the Import Export Unit, Chief for the Regulatory Drafting Section, and she currently is the Chief of the Liaison and Policy Section.

    SC Carter earned a BS from Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. After graduation, SC Carter was employed by a pharmaceutical firm for three years until being hired by DEA.

    SC Carter is a YMCA SCUBA Instructor and practices martial arts.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0


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  • Sharing Call: Tracking Materials and Wastes with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/09/2015

    Join Marc Morgan, Dartmouth Hitchcock's Manager of Waste, Recycling and Training as we walks us through the process of conducting a baseline analysis and continuously tracking materials and wastes.

    Description

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has had dedicated waste managers since moving to their new site in Lebanon, New Hampshire in 1991 (now a 2 million square foot campus). In 2014, DHMC generated 2677 tons of solid waste and had a 32% recycling rate. They autoclave general infectious waste onsite and have a robust pharmaceutical waste management program.
    Join Marc Morgan, Manager of Waste, Recycling and Training, as he describes the methods used to track the weights, costs and revenues of Dartmouth-Hitchcock's various waste streams. Marc will share DHMC's exemplary Excel workbook used for managing all of their waste and financial data. Marc's step-by-step approach can help others institute processes to ensure accurate measurement and data collection in order to identify opportunities for improved waste management.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how Dartmouth Hitchcock tracks the volume and associated costs of their various waste and material streams.
    • Understand the importance of both the amount of waste and associated costs for prioritizing waste reduction strategies.
    • Understand why accurate weights are critical for good data and performance.

    Presenter

    Marc Morgan, Manager of Waste, Recycling & Training, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    Marc Morgan has been working in the solid waste industry for nearly 20 years throughout the Northeast. Currently, Marc is the Waste, Recycling and Training Manager at DHMC in Lebanon, NH. Over the years, Marc has focused his work on resource management. He has assisted drafting legislation in New Hampshire, helped calculate state recycling rates in Maine and New Hampshire, managed landfills and now manages waste and recycling programs for the DH main campus in Lebanon, NH.
    John Leigh, Environmental Sustainability Advisor, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    John Leigh has been with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) since 2002, twelve years managing their waste and recycling programs and this past year as a Senior Environmental Sustainability Advisor. His prior experience includes ten years with the US EPA's Office of Solid Waste and three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa. In his free time John enjoys recreating outdoors with his wife and son.

    This is a member-only resource.