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  • Sharing Call: Environmental Leadership Award Winner Sharing Call

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Conducted on 07/11/2012 - Join Jeff Rich, Executive Director of Envision Program at Gundersen Health for a discussion on renewable energy.

    Description

    Join Jeff Rich, Executive Director of Envision Program at Gundersen Health for a discussion on renewable energy.

    Presenter

    Jeff Rich, Executive Director of Envision Program, Gundersen Health

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0

  • Greening the OR Series: The Impact of Waste Anesthetic Gases in the OR & Different Mitigation Strategies

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Recorded on 6/20/12: This presentation will provide an overview of anesthetic gas systems, their environmental impact, and the available mitigation strategies.

    Session Description

    Anesthetic gas systems used on operating rooms can have a significant environmental impact, particularly with respect to energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This presentation will provide an overview of anesthetic gas systems, their environmental impact, and the available mitigation strategies.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the environmental impacts of OR anesthetic gas systems
    • Describe the approach to reducing energy consumption for anesthetic gas systems
    • Describe the approach to eliminating GHG emission caused by anesthetic gas systems

    Presenter

    Arash Guity, PE, CEM, LEED® A, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (M+NLB)
    Arash is the Chief Environmental Performance Engineer with Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (M+NLB). Arash is primarily focused on delivering solutions for improving the environmental performance for healthcare facilities and a wide range of building owners. A LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Energy Manager with over 7 years of experience, Arash leads M+NLB’s environmental performance consulting division and specializes in energy and emissions management, strategic planning, and financial analysis of environmental improvement projects. Licensed in California, he holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management, and an MBA degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Arash is also the Project Manager for the Healthcare Ventilation Research Collaborative (HVRC), a multi-disciplinary group studying alternative ventilation strategies for healthcare facilities.

    Pricing

    Member: $0  Non-member: $29

  • Sharing Call: Building a Business Case for Hiring a Director of Sustainability

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/18/2012

    Recorded on 06/18/2012 - Join Joshua Miller of Spectrum Health, Tom Kelly of Montefiore Medical Center and Mike Geller of Providence Health and Services for a discussion on human resource.

    Description

    Join Joshua Miller of Spectrum Health, Tom Kelly of Montefiore Medical Center and Mike Geller of Providence Health and Services for a discussion on human resource.

    Presenters

    Joshua Miller, Spectrum Health

    Tom Kelly, Montefiore Medical Center

    Mike Geller, Providence Health and Services

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0

  • Greening the OR Series: Hospitals and Businesses move Greening the OR Initiative Forward

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    ractice Greenhealth launched the Greening the OR Initiative in response to member requests and compelling research indicating the operating room, while a huge revenue generator, is also a significant contributor to the hospital’s waste, supply, and energy streams, thus a high-impact area for greening efforts.

    Session Description 

    Practice Greenhealth launched the Greening the OR Initiative in response to member requests and compelling research indicating the operating room, while a huge revenue generator, is also a significant contributor to the hospital’s waste, supply, and energy streams, thus a high-impact area for greening efforts. The Initiative is designed to coalesce the body of knowledge around sustainable practices in the OR, substantiate these practices with data and case studies, and develop guidance for implementation that can be shared across the sector.

    A little under two years since its inception, the Greening the OR Initiative continues to grow and develop, encompassing all facets of the healthcare sector in this collaborative effort. Hospitals, suppliers, clinicians and manufacturers have all had a hand in pushing this Initiative forward, with new opportunities for involvement and collaboration continuously developing.

    Join in this webinar to learn more about the Greening the Operating Room Initiative, new resources, different accounts of hospital and supplier collaboration, and the role these relationships play in moving sustainability further into spotlight across the healthcare sector.

    Learning Objectives

    • Review the history and progress of the Greening the OR Initiative
    • Discuss resources available to businesses and facilities, including a walk-through of the Virtual Green OR
    • Highlight case studies on business and facility collaboration
    • Discuss new opportunities and the need for development and involvement

    Presenters

    Bob Jarboe, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Practice Greenhealth

    Bob Jarboe is currently the Executive Vice President for Business Development for Practice Greenhealth. Bob works primarily with Business Members of Practice Greenhealth in the member recruitment area as well in the establishment of special projects, initiatives and programs relevant to both the hospital and business members of the organizations. Bob has also spent the past four decades in leadership positions in non Profit organizations including local, regional and national associations as both Board Member and staff. Bob's work over the years has put him in close proximity to government and business representatives and he has served in public office.

    Kaeleigh Sheehan, Coordinator of the Greening OR initiative, Practice Greenhealth

    Kaeleigh is the Coordinator of the Greening the OR initiative. She oversees the education, training, communications, public relations, tools, resources and engagements relative to Greening the OR efforts. Kaeleigh works to assist, enhance and establish sustainable best practices within the OR suite, as well as oversees the Council for Environmentally Responsible Surgery.

    Pricing

    Member: $0  Non-member: $0

  • Greening the OR Series: Reusable Hard Cases for Surgery

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Recorded on 02/09/12 - Disposable blue sterile wrap, made of polypropylene plastic (#5) , is used to wrap kits for different procedures prior to sterilization and delivery to the surgery suite. After the kit is opened, the sterile blue wrap is thrown away, creating approximately 19% of the waste generated in surgical services .

    Session Description 

    Disposable blue sterile wrap, made of polypropylene plastic (#5) , is used to wrap kits for different procedures prior to sterilization and delivery to the surgery suite. After the kit is opened, the sterile blue wrap is thrown away, creating approximately 19% of the waste generated in surgical services . Hospitals have explored a variety of mechanisms for reducing blue wrap waste including recycling this plastic at some sites. But beyond recycling, there is a viable option for source reduction of this material. As a mechanism to reduce the waste generated by blue wrap, and avoid new purchase costs for blue wrap, many organizations are opting to purchase reusable rigid metal sterilization cases to replace the blue wrap. These containers are sterilized and then brought to the OR on the supply cart and generate no waste—except for the occasional filter. While there is an up-front financial investment for the reusable sterilization cases, the payback period is often short, as avoided costs for blue wrap purchase and avoided waste disposal fees quickly add up. Come and hear from hospitals who have made the transition to reusable hard cases for surgical kits and learn more about the business case for moving your organization in this direction.

    Learning Objectives

    • Describe the use and prevalence of blue sterile wrap in the OR, its purpose in protecting patient health and the waste and cost implications of its use
    • Identify key stakeholders who play a role in the implementation of the purchase and use of rigid sterilization containers, as well as the staff education, engagement and implementation plan for transitioning to use of rigid containers—including barriers to implementation
    • Highlight the process for developing a cost analysis of the benefits of moving to reusable containers
    • Explain how reusable containers may decrease the need for flash sterilization due to torn sterile wrap on OR kits

    Presenters

    Kai Abelkis, Boulder Community Hospital, Sustainability Coordinator, EV
    Kai Abelkis has been Boulder Community Hospital’s Sustainability Coordinator since 1999. To minimize the hospital’s environmental footprint, Kai is responsible for reducing waste, conserving energy, promoting alternative transportation, utilizing alternative energy sources, conserving water, integrating environmental preferable purchasing, green building practices eliminating latex and PVC from the product line and educating staff. BCH’s Foothills hospital is the first LEED certified medical facility in the world. BCH is part of a growing choir of medical institutions who recognize that the health of our environment is directly connected to the health of our community. Kai will share the story of how a simple request to attain Zero Waste ended in saving Boulder Community Hospital over $150,000 in sterile wrap in les then 1 year. This accomplishment came from BCH’s commitment toward empowering it’s employees to align their values with their sustainable efforts.

    Sara Lourie, MetroWest Medical Center, Resource Coordinator for Surgical Services & Green Team Chair

    Sara Lourie is the Resource Coordinator for Surgical Services at MetroWest Medical Center in Massachusetts. She also sits as the Chair of the Greening the OR Committee at Metrowest Medical Center, and is an active member of the Hospital Green Team. She has also been a surgical technologist at MetroWest for six years.

    Pricing 

    Member: $0  EPA Grant Regions: $0  Non-member: $29

  • Sharing Call: Surplus Medication Donation

    Contains 5 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/19/2012

    Recorded on 01/19/2012 - Join Bill Solberg, Director, Community Services Department at Columbia St. Mary’s and Dan Simpson, Chief Development Officer for the Dispensary of Hope for a discussion on surplus medication donation.

    Description

    Join Bill Solberg, Director, Community Services Department at Columbia St. Mary's and Dan Simpson, Chief Development Officer for the Dispensary of Hope for a discussion on surplus medication donation.

    Presenters

    Join Bill Solberg, Director, Community Services Department at Columbia St. Mary's

    Dan Simpson, Chief Development Officer for the Dispensary of Hope for a discussion on surplus medication donation.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0

  • Sharing Call: Staff Engagement & Environmental Sustainability

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/31/2011

    Recorded on 12/13/2011 - Join Julie Marth, Education and Outreach Coordinator from Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic for a discussion on staff engagement & environmental sustainability.

    Description

    Join Julie Marth, Education and Outreach Coordinator from Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic for a discussion on staff engagement & environmental sustainability.

    Presenter

    Julie Marth, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0

  • Sharing Call: The ROI of a System Wide Membership with Practice Greenhealth

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/20/2011

    Recorded on 12/20/2011 - Join Michael Geller from Providence Health & Services and Josh Miller from Spectrum Health as they share their insights on the ROI of a system wide membership with Practice Greenhealth.

    Description

    Join Michael Geller from Providence Health & Services and Josh Miller from Spectrum Health as they share their insights on the ROI of a system wide membership with Practice Greenhealth.

    Presenters

    Join Michael Geller, Providence Health & Services

    Josh Miller, Spectrum Health

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0

  • Greening the OR: Single Use Device Reprocessing in the OR

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Recorded on 12/07/11 - Healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing that third-party reprocessing of medical devices labeled “single use” is a safe and effective process that can help redirect valuable financial resources back into patient care while significantly reducing the volume of regulated medical waste generated by the organization and reducing the operating room’s (OR) supply budget.

    Session Description 

    Healthcare organizations are increasingly recognizing that third-party reprocessing of medical devices labeled “single use” is a safe and effective process that can help redirect valuable financial resources back into patient care while significantly reducing the volume of regulated medical waste generated by the organization and reducing the operating room’s (OR) supply budget. The US FDA stringently regulates the reprocessing of these devices and requires third party reprocessors to meet the same quality and safety standards as originally manufactured single-use devices. Reprocessing of single-use devices is now common practice in many ORs, with all of US News and World Report’s “Honor Roll” hospitals choosing to reprocess single-use devices, and 77% of Practice Greenhealth Award winners in 2010 choos­ing to reprocess medical devices for a combined savings of more than $10.8 million. Despite the widespread adoption of this practice, many healthcare institutions continue to meet resistance from skeptical surgeons or clinicians - driven in large part by education from original equipment manufacturers with a vested interest in getting clinical staff to back the continued purchase of disposable devices rather than the less expensive reprocessed versions. Come and learn how two different health systems have worked with their clinical staff, administrators and ORs to set up safety-based, high quality programs for reprocessing FDA-approved single-use medical devices and have reaped the financial rewards and environmental benefits related to this program.

    Learning Objectives

    • Describe the safety, quality and regulatory oversight for reprocessing of single-use devices in the OR.
    • Detail the different kinds of devices that can be safely and effectively reprocessed under FDA guidelines.
    • Highlight different mechanisms for engaging and building support from surgeons, other clinical and OR staff, administrators, infection control and supply chain.
    • Identify useful strategies for dealing with interference from original equipment manufacturers in program launch
    • Explain the process for segregation and collection of reprocessable devices in the OR.
    • Delineate how to troubleshoot the buy-back and usage of reprocessed devices with clinical staff.
    • Quantify the financial and environmental benefits of a comprehensive single-use device reprocessing initiative in the OR.

    Presenters

    Marc Feldman, Sr. Supply Chain Consultant, UC Health

    Denise Robson, Director of Surgical Services, CHW

    Denise Robson, RN, MBA Administrator, Surgical Services has been involved in Hospital Supply chain for nine years and prior to that she had over 15 years of acute care nursing experience. During the past seven years with Catholic Healthcare West, she has been responsible for all surgical related initiatives, including the formalization of reprocessing with a multi-million dollar annual savings. Denise has presented this topic to Premier Healthcare Organization at the 2009 Annual Breakthroughs meeting and to the Association of National Account Executives. Denise received her BSN from The University of Texas Health Science Center, and her MBA from The University of Phoenix.

    Pricing

    Member: $0  Non-member: $29

  • Sharing Call: Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/22/2011

    Recorded on 11/22/211 - Join our presenters for a discussion on electrical vehicle charging stations.

    Description

    Join our presenters for a discussion on electrical vehicle charging stations.

    Presenters

    Eric Wenke, AVP Corporate Development, Baptist Health South Florida

    Joaquin Fardales, Director Facilities and Asset Management, Baptist Health South Florida Construction Services Department

    Carlos Hernandez, Director Corporate Development, Baptist Health South Florida

    Joseph Vumbaco, Vice President of Sales and Channel Management, NovaCharge LLC

    William Rigsby, NovaCharge LLC

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $0