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PGH Sharing Call: What Do the new DEA’s Controlled Substances Rules Mean for Your Facility?Contains 1 Component(s)
Recorded on 10/15/2014 - Join Practice Greenhealth and industry expert Charlotte A. Smith, R. Ph., M.S., for an overview of the revised Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rules regarding controlled substance disposal.
On September 9, 2014, the Disposal of Controlled Substances final rule was published in the Federal Register. The final rule is available at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.htmland the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website,http://www.DEAdiversion.usdoi.gov. The final rule will become effective on October 9, 2014.
Join Practice Greenhealth and industry expert Charlotte A. Smith, R. Ph., M.S., for an overview of the revised Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rules regarding controlled substance disposal. This call will cover
- The DEA’s non-retrievable standard: what are your options?
- Options for managing routine controlled substances -- “wasting.”
- Whether your facility should become an authorized collector of consumer drugs
Join us for an overview and a discussion, including sharing ideas and potential best practices in the Practice Greenhealth membership community which includes acute care, post-acute or specialty care hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, outpatient care and other providers.
Charlotte Smith is a consultant in the area of pharmaceutical waste management and Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, a business unit of Waste Management Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (WMHS), a Waste Management company. She founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC in 2000 and sold the company to WMHS in 2009. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor. Ms. Smith is a registered pharmacist who received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Association for the Healthcare Environment. She can be reached at 414-915-4026 or email@example.com.
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Greening the Supply Chain Series: The Business Case for a Total Cost of Ownership Evaluation for Medical ProductsContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/24/2014
Recorded on 09/23/14 - With tremendous cost pressures within the U.S. health care system, healthcare providers are looking at different ways to save money.
With tremendous cost pressures within the U.S. health care system, healthcare providers are looking at different ways to save money. For many medical devices and services, there are submerged costs that are not always reflected in the purchase price and may not be considered during purchasing decisions. Beyond acquisition, these costs include use, maintenance, and end of life (or use) costs, such as waste disposal. These costs may not be included in supply chain considerations yet may influence total costs to health care. Some of these costs may significantly impact human health and the environment.
By focusing on price as opposed to total cost of ownership (TCO) for medical devices, healthcare systems may pay more for products over time and negatively impact their sustainability initiatives. We will present a TCO framework developed in a collaborative approach to reduce the total cost of delivering quality healthcare.
- Demonstrate how a collaborative approach to problem solving can be beneficial for suppliers, GPOs, and healthcare systems.
- List and define key cost drivers included in a functional TCO model for medical products.
- Correlate the use of TCO with fulfillment of environmental impact goals for health care organizations.
- State the business case for including a TCO evaluation into the purchasing process for medical products.
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Director of Environmental Purchasing Program
Beth Eckl is the Director of the Environmental Purchasing Program for Practice Greenhealth providing technical support, consulting services and training on environmental purchasing for health systems, healthcare facilities and group purchasing organizations. Beth oversees the development of technical, environmental criteria for dozens of medical and non-medical products used in hospitals. She is also responsible for the EPP Specifications Guide for Health Care, the first and only source for health care supply chain professionals. Beth brings more than 15 years of experience in waste management and environmental purchasing to guide members successfully through all the steps in developing and implementing environmental purchasing to fill a critical part of their journey to sustainable health care.
Director , Medical Device & Diagnostics Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson
Erol Odabasi is the Director of Sustainability for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Device & Diagnostics sector where he has leadership responsibility for the global sustainability strategy in alignment with Johnson & Johnson's Healthy Future 2015 Goals. In this role, his mission is to enable improved customer, employee, community & business health by delivering responsible and accessible products and services for today and tomorrow.
Erol has over 10 years of experience with Johnson & Johnson, starting his career at J&J’s Corporate Headquarters with Worldwide Environmental Affairs. He then served in roles of increasing responsibility managing EHS programs for Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics and Alza Corporation. In addition to experience with J&J, he spent several years providing environmental, safety, and sustainability consulting for a number of global clients, and was responsible for developing the global EHS & Security programs for a rapidly growing smart-grid startup company.
Erol holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from the University of California Davis.
Director of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), Kaiser Permanente (KP)
Vanessa Lochner is the Director of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing at Kasier Permanente. She is responsible for providing strategic direction, and the operations management of the EPP program. In this key role, Vanessa works with Kaiser Permanente’s Finance Operations organization in collaboration with its Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), to identify enterprise-wide EPP opportunities linked to improving the environment for its workforce and members. Vanessa participates as a member of KP’s Environmental Stewardship Working Group, and serves as the co-chair to KP’s Safer Chemicals Subcommittee.
Vanessa has led the evolution of Kaiser Permanente’s EPP program success story metric to high impact metrics in the key areas of Cleaner Energy, Safer Chemicals, Less Waste, and Healthier Food – driving down Kaiser Permanente’s impact on the environment. Recently published, Vanessa authored an educational article together with blog post on Kaiser Permanente’s success in rethinking its EPP program. Spending more than 14 years in the healthcare field, Vanessa’s experience spans facilities development, business continuity, capital procurement, business process reengineering and transformational business management
Dr. James Salo
SVP – Strategy and Research, Trucost
James is the senior member responsible for Trucost's research efforts in North America. Since joining Trucost in 2007, James has led hundreds of client and public projects including Trucost’s collaboration with GreenBiz on the annual State of Green Business report.
James led Trucost’s research team that worked with Practice Greenhealth in the benchmarking and scope development of a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) tool for the health care industry.
James holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University's Centre of the Environment, where his work focused on the measurement of corporate environmental performance and this data’s use within financial markets. He also holds a BA and an MA in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University.
HHI Series: HHI As A Catalyst For Optimizing Organizational Structure To Strengthen Sustainability ProgrammingContains 1 Component(s)
Recorded on 08/06/14 - The Healthier Hospitals Initiative places hospital sustainability programming within the context of a national quality improvement effort. Not only can HHI help to prioritize sustainability initiatives, it can also serve as a framework for regular, system-wide communication on progress and help to define a broad and specific group of stakeholders to share ownership of sustainability initiatives.
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative places hospital sustainability programming within the context of a national quality improvement effort. Not only can HHI help to prioritize sustainability initiatives, it can also serve as a framework for regular, system-wide communication on progress and help to define a broad and specific group of stakeholders to share ownership of sustainability initiatives. While several HHI outcomes can be tracked by just a few individuals at the corporate or system level, effective engagement at the facility or department level can help to catalyze organizational change from top level leaders to front line employees. In the past year, University Hospitals of Cleveland (UH) has leveraged the HHI to mobilize and hold accountable its system-wide sustainability council, facility-level sustainability committees, and individual champions. Notable features of this organizational structure include the ongoing development of web-based modules for tracking relevant data, a calendar for system and facility leaders to exchange best practices and track progress, and education of employees. In this session, UH's sustainability specialist will describe how this organizational structure was developed, and articulate HHI's value to the health system's existing sustainability program. To provide on-the-ground examples of these outcomes, a UH community hospital's director of operations will discuss how the HHI has mobilized her hospital's sustainability committee to accelerate outcomes in her facility.
- Understand the importance of effective engagement at the facility or department level but not just within a few individuals at the corporate or system level.
- Understand the Healthier Hospitals Initiative's value to the health system's existing sustainability program.
- Learn how to utilize HHI to prioritize sustainability initiatives and to serve as a framework for regular, system-wide communication on progress.
Matthew Pietro, Sustainability Specialist, University Hospitals Health System
Matthew Pietro serves as the Sustainability Specialist for University Hospitals Health System in Northeast Ohio. He has worked as a Development Associate for the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Returning to Cleveland, Matthew served as Interim Education and Outreach Coordinator for Cleveland Clinic's Office for a Healthy Environment. He also co-founded a farm in urban Cleveland called Central Roots, which sells seasonal produce to community members and local restaurants. As UH's Sustainability Specialist, Matthew works with the system's Sustainability Manager, Dr. Aparna Bole, in the project management and execution of sustainability initiatives across the health system.
Valerie Hayden, Director of Operations, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Valerie M. Hayden is the Director of Clinical & Hospital Operations at the UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio. The first greenfield hospital in northeast Ohio in 30 years, the medical center opened in March of 2011 and was awarded silver certification using LEED New Construction 2009 edition in spring of 2011. As a member of the inaugural executive team, Ms. Hayden serves as the executive leader for sustainability initiatives and is the HHI Engaged Leadership champion. For the Ahuja Medical Center, sustainability did not stop at construction, but is practiced in all aspects of daily operations of every department.
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Greening the OR Series: Fire the Photon Torpedoes Sulu: Dose Based UVGI in Health Care Central Ventilation Air Reduces HAIContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/21/2014
Recorded on 7/22/14 - The Enterprise's crew is falling ill to a mysterious illness that re-appears moments after repeated surface disinfection with Trizz, the latest Starfleet approved triple threat compound to neutralize bacteria, virus and spores. If Spock, Kirk and McCoy can't eradicate it the ship's mission and survival is at risk.
The Enterprise's crew is falling ill to a mysterious illness that re-appears moments after repeated surface disinfection with Trizz, the latest Starfleet approved triple threat compound to neutralize bacteria, virus and spores. If Spock, Kirk and McCoy can't eradicate it the ship's mission and survival is at risk. Spock deduces that the infection vector is airborne and together they review 21st century research showing promising results with UVGI energy fields in health care central ventilation systems. McCoy isolates the bug in a newly updated ventilation system. Spock and engineer Scott create a successful prototype with mathematical algorithms to configure the most effective arrangement of spare parts from the photon torpedo magazine. Only Kirk and the weapons officer/navigator Sulu are authorized to activate photon weapons so the controls for the system are activated from the bridge. Once Kirk gives the order to activate the system, McCoy reports that contamination is dropping rapidly and in three days the outbreak is under control.
- Understand the evidence for ultraviolet treatment of ventilation air to reduce ambient microbial load and nosocomial infection in a confined, health-challenged population.
- Understand the factors affecting efficacy of ultraviolet technology for air disinfection.
- Recognize obstacles to implementation and the need for further study.
- Recognize cost savings in mechanical systems in capital budget deferment and operations and in patient populations from reduced LOS, staffing and antibiotic use.
James Moler, P.E., Discipline Director, Jacobs
Mr. Moler is a graduate of Penn State University's professional degree program in Architectural Engineering. He is a LEED® AP BD+C and has previously presented on topics relating to sustainability, energy conservation and healthcare trends.
Samuel Perkins, Co-Founder, CEO/COB, Purgenix Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Perkins earned a B.A., cum laude in economics and J.D. from Washington & Lee University. He is Co-Founder, CEO/COB of Purgenix Holdings, Inc, conference speaker and author of books and articles on topics of interest to healthcare providers.
Karen Schwartz, FACHE I Vice President, Facilities/Support Services Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
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Gary Cohen and Robin Guenther Present: Get Started on Climate and HealthContains 1 Component(s)
Recorded on 12/16/15 -Sponsored by the Health Care Climate Council*, this webinar will introduce the three pillars of climate resilience - mitigation, adaptation, and leadership.
Sponsored by the Health Care Climate Council*, this webinar will introduce the three pillars of climate resilience - mitigation, adaptation, and leadership. Jon Utech from Cleveland Clinic will give a brief overview of the Health Care Climate Council and why Cleveland Clinic has developed a formal climate strategy and joined the Climate Council. Health Care Without Harm Co-founder Gary Cohen and Robin Guenther of Perkins+Will then team up to deliver the most relevant examples of why health care should be taking action on climate and health. Additionally, they will introduce an overview of the 2016 webinar series that will cover the three pillars and provide tools to get to work on this important topic.
*Established by Health Care Without Harm, the Health Care Climate Council is a leadership network of hospitals committed to strengthening the health sector's response to climate change. Learn more here.
- Explore the three pillars of health care climate resilience: mitigation, adaptation and advocacy within the restorative framework.
- Learn how you can join leading systems like Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Partners and work with HCWH and the HCCC on climate and health.
- Know where to find resources on climate and health on the Practice Greenhealth website.
Gary Cohen has been a pioneer in the environmental health movement for thirty years. He is president and co-founder of Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, and he was instrumental in bringing together the NGOs and hospital systems that formed the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. A McArthur Fellow, Gary has been recognized by the White House, Skoll Foundation, and Huffington Post for his efforts to transform the health sector to be environmentally sustainable.
Jon E. Utech is the Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic, where he develops sustainability strategies to emphasis connection of environmental stewardship to our healthcare mission. Jon directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, Climate Resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and Reporting. Jon manages relationships with the EPA, DOE, OHA, City of Cleveland and EIMC to support these programs. Jon earned his MBA and MPOD from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in History at Dartmouth College. Jon is also an Associate Professor at Baldwin Wallace University and CWRU teaching sustainability strategy. Jon has more than 18 years of corporate strategy and planning experience and 10 years of corporate sustainability program and renewable energy experience prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2013.
Robin Guenther is Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare" in 2010. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on LEED for Healthcare committee, and released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, with Gail Vittori in May 2013. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business." She led the Mazzetti-Perkins+Will team, one of two winning entrants in the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition.
Sustainability Online Course 1: Defining Sustainability and Its Connection to HealthContains 2 Component(s)
30-minute module defines the interrelationship between sustainability and public health.
This 30-minute module will define the interrelationship between sustainability and public health. Specifically, it will showcase the different ways that healthcare outputs (chemicals, waste, energy use, etc.) can impact patients, staff and local communities. The module is intended to describe why sustainability is integral to protecting health and preventing disease.
Sustainability Online Course 4: Developing a Baseline for SustainabilityContains 2 Component(s)
This module will walk participants through a framework for developing a baseline for sustainability.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. And you can’t benchmark progress if you don’t know where you started from. This module will walk participants through a framework for developing a baseline for sustainability. It will highlight both qualitative and quantitative baselines development as well as tools that can assist in this process.
Members & Subscribers: FREE! / Non-Members: $19.95
Sustainability Online Course 5: Conducting a Sustainability Gap Analysis and Setting GoalsContains 2 Component(s)
This module will assist participants in developing appropriate metrics for different sustainability areas and benchmarking progress against industry standards.
This module lays out how to utilize data and site-specific factors to determine appropriate sustainability goals for a healthcare setting. It walks participants through a sample goal-setting exercise and reinforces the importance of ensuring goals are both strategic and measurable, and that someone on staff is accountable for their success. How can an organization track its progress on sustainability over time? This module will assist participants in developing appropriate metrics for different sustainability areas and benchmarking progress against industry standards. It will also highlight mechanisms to build the organization’s sustainability brand and get recognition for the organization’s sustainability successes.
Members & Subscribers: FREE! / Non-Members: $19.95
HHI Series: Health Product Declaration - A Consistent Language for Product Ingredient ReportingContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/15/2014
Recorded on 7/16/14 - The Health Product Declaration (HPD) is an objective tool for the accurate reporting of product contents and how each ingredient relates to the bigger picture for human and ecological health. It increases the transparency and accuracy of product content and associated health information by ensuring that they are reported in a consistent manner.
The Health Product Declaration (HPD) is an objective tool for the accurate reporting of product contents and how each ingredient relates to the bigger picture for human and ecological health. It increases the transparency and accuracy of product content and associated health information by ensuring that they are reported in a consistent manner. The HPD framework can assist designers, specifiers, building owners and occupants to refine the material selection process during design and material, finish and furniture selections to move toward healthier buildings and communities. This session is an opportunity for attendees to learn about the HPD’s simplified method to inventory ingredients and their health impacts. We will also discuss how the HPD creates a common language that is integrated into building certification systems, product labels, and product assessments. By the end of the session, attendees will have a straightforward format to guide conversations between manufacturers and consumers as well as self-directed research, and a deeper understanding of the critical importance of transparency as a contributing factor for the ultimate success of the building industry.
- Explain the Health Product Declaration: how it was developed, why it is needed in the marketplace, and who are championing its use.
- Understand the context of the building materials ecosystem and the correlation between building products and human health.
- Interpret the significance of product ingredient reporting to improve the specification process and refine the next generation of available products.
- Identify building rating systems, product certifications, and product labels that are harmonizing with the Health Product Declaration.
Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, CID, EDAC, AAHID, Senior Professional Associate, Sustainable Interiors Manager, HDR Architecture, Inc.
Jean Hansen has 30+ years of experience in sustainable design, planning and interior design, and is responsible for advancing HDR's sustainability initiatives globally in project and research work for healthcare and institutional environments. She has worked on the development of many nationally recognized sustainable resources, including the USGBC’s LEED Healthcare rating system, BIFMA’s e3 and level sustainable furniture standard, the Health Product Declaration (HPD) pilot and now serves as a Founding Board Member for the HPD Collaborative and is a LEED Fellow. She has been responsible for numerous sustainable and LEED projects, developed sustainable guidelines and training for clients, and integrated sustainability into multi-million dollar projects. Her clients have included Federal agencies such as the U.S. Army and the Department of Veteran Affairs, the University of California, Stanford and multiple healthcare organizations.
Eden Brukman, RA, Technical Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative
A highly regarded instigator of actions for ecological accord, Eden Brukman has focused on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat since 1996 – particularly as it relates to the systemic reform of traditional resource flows and supply chain impacts of building materials. Eden is coauthor of Living Building Challenge and directed its evolution and global deployment from 2007-2012. She also contributed to the development of the Health Product Declaration, Pharos Project, and other building industry standards. Her advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups called ‘Collaboratives’ in cities all over the world. Eden is a licensed architect, seasoned public speaker, and founder of Concenter Solutions. She looks forward to connecting with all enthusiasts of the Health Product Declaration.
Tim Cole, LEED AP, BD+C, Head of Sustainability, Forbo Flooring Systems
Obtaining his BFA degree and then working toward his Masters in Marketing and Communicative Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA. Tim has been with Forbo for the past 23 years and involved in the flooring industry since 1970. Since employed by Forbo he has been fortunate enough to undertake many challenging responsibilities in many different departments both in North America and in Europe. Tim’s responsibilities have ranged from Technical Rep to Sales Manager to Director overseeing the Technical, Marketing and Customer Service in North America, then spending time in Europe as Product Innovation Manager for the linoleum division. Prior to his current position Tim was responsible for environmental initiatives and product development, as well as the development of eLearning programs for Forbo North America. He served on the USGBC Board of Directors for 8 years, and on the Executive Committee for 4 years as Treasure, Chair-elect, 2010 Board Chairman, and Immediate Past Chair in 2011, the current Chair of the USGBC Board Governance Committee. He also has served as the President for the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments, a current Board Member for the CAN DO Economic Development Organization for North Eastern PA, the current Chairman of the ASTM Resilient Flooring Committee, a member of the ISO Flooring Committee, a member of the ASTM and ISO Sustainability Committees, and on the advisory committee for The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS), and with his extra time presents at various conferences on sustainability issues.
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HHI Series: Engaging Employees for Sustainability SuccessContains 1 Component(s)
Recorded on 5/21/2013:Healthcare organizations run intense operations - often open 24/7, using vast amounts of energy and resources, all while working to serve the local community. Often the largest employer in a community, healthcare organizations have the opportunity to drive positive change and promote sustainability initiatives. A key component to ensuring sustainability initiatives result in successful programs is through the commitment and support of leadership, constant engagement of key stakeholders, and ongoing communication celebrating and promoting these successes. Learn some strategies for effective employee engagement and build that into your HHI goals!
Healthcare organizations run intense operations - often open 24/7, using vast amounts of energy and resources, all while working to serve the local community. Often the largest employer in a community, healthcare organizations have the opportunity to drive positive change and promote sustainability initiatives. A key component to ensuring sustainability initiatives result in successful programs is through the commitment and support of leadership, constant engagement of key stakeholders, and ongoing communication celebrating and promoting these successes. Learn some strategies for effective employee engagement and build that into your HHI goals!
- Apply the smallest of behaviors to get the utmost in employee engagement
- Determine employee engagement with the end in mind, what needs to end and what is the end point of the work
- Leverage the 10 block pyramid of engagement to determine key actions and inputs to impact engagement
- Ensure engagement is attached to the key results of the organization
- Call forth employee "voice" in all phases of the engagement work
- Learn from Tenet Health System's employee wellness and engagement programs
David Zinger, David Zinger Associates, The Employee Engagement Network
David Zinger is the leading global independent expert on employee engagement. He is a sought after speaker, educator, coach, author, and consultant focused intently on employee engagement. David founded and hosts theEmployee Engagement Network, bringing together over 5800 people from around the globe to improve and increase employee engagement. He has worked with engagement in Canada, United States, Poland, Wales, India, Germany, England, Spain, and South Africa.
David’s varied and pervasive experience includes 15 years embedded as the employee assistance counsellor at Seagram, Ltd. This was the home of Crown Royal and David was instrumental in fostering personal and career engagement for this organization.
David is an educator. David has taught educational psychology and counselling psychology at the University of Manitoba for 25 years. He has created and designed 15 university degree courses plus courses on adult learning and engaged leadership.
David developed the 10 Block Pyramid of Engagement to focus on practical and tactical engagement based on the premise that there is little capacity for more in most organizations and that employee engagement is never more than 10 blocks away.
David brings an expansive and open prairie perspective to his work. He has lived his life on the Canadian prairies and this prairie influence includes a wide open view of engagement, a down-to-earth perspective on work, a connection to people and community, being on the same level as everyone else, and creating authentic results.
Melinda Lokey, Director Human Resources Services and Projects, Tenet Health System
Melinda Lokey is a Director of HR Services with Tenet Healthcare and serves on the Tenet Sustainability Advisory Council. Tenet is a sponsoring organization for the Healthier Hospital Initiative with hospitals and other operating units in 49 states.
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