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  • Greening the OR Energy Efficiency Strategies (part 2): Checking in on your HVAC Setback Implementation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/03/2017

    This sharing call is a follow-up to the March 15 th sharing call and presentation at AORN 2017 in Boston. Make sure to review that presentation recording and complete the HVAC Setback Worksheet before this call.

    The event password is "Hcwh2017".

    Session Description 

    Did you know the OR represents a significant percentage of a health care facility’s energy budget? Are you and your team interested in strategies to reduce the energy footprint of the OR? Implementing an HVAC setback program in ORs when they are unoccupied can save an average $3,200+ per OR per year, and yet only 32 percent of Practice Greenhealth award winners had an HVAC setback program in place in 2015.

    This sharing call is a follow-up to the March 15 th sharing call and presentation at AORN 2017 in Boston. Make sure to review that presentation recording and complete the HVAC Setback Worksheet before this call.

    Bring your team – Facilities, Infection Prevention and Surgical Services, Engineering, Clinical and Sustainability – and join the speakers from the first part of this series as we zero in on air exchange rates in the operating room during unoccupied modes. Have your questions, challenges, and strategies for success ready for a lively discussion.

    Learning Objectives

    • We’ll touch on the original learning objectives from Part 1, however this call is intended to be a facilitated discussion where we look at the Energy Efficiency in the OR Worksheet and discuss common challenges, questions, strategies and future directions. Bring your team, be ready to participate!
    • Prior to this call, we strongly encourage you to have reviewed:
      • Either March 15, Energy Efficiency in the OR
      • Or Energy Efficiency in the OR: An OR Nurse's Guide to HVAC Setback presented on April 1 at AORN 2017 in Boston 
      • Energy Efficiency in the OR Worksheet
    • Identify the benefits of energy reduction initiatives on cost, safety, and ecological health.
    • Zero in on the A in HVAC: Understanding airflow codes and standards.
    • Explore various processes for transitioning air exchange rates from minimal to operational conditions.
    • Address concern of key stakeholders with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.

    Presenters

    imageJohn D. Villani, P.E., CCP, CEM, LEED AP, Vice President, Grumman/Butkus Associates

    As the Vice President and Principal at Grumman/Butkus Associates, John Villani is responsible for the standardization, management oversight, and execution of the firm's commissioning projects. Project responsibilities include conducting all phases on commissioning design through turnover with numerous clients.

    John is a licensed professional engineer in several states, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Commissioning Provider and a Certified Energy Manager. He has been active with ASHRAE, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the Building Commissioning Association, and is currently the Director at Large on the BCxA International Board of Directors.

    imageRamona L. Conner MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

    Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Responsible for providing professional expertise regarding perioperative nursing practice to the Board of Directors, AORN national committees, headquarters staff, members, specialty assemblies, and other health care organizations (eg, standard setting/regulatory bodies, accreditation agencies, and professional associations). Represent AORN in major health care policy and accreditation activities related to perioperative standards, recommended practices, and guidelines. Liaison to AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee, Co-Chair ST79 work group. AAMI/ANSI appointed U.S. expert for ISO/TC 198/WG. Liaison to Facilities Guidelines Institute Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee, Steering Committee.

    JM.jpgJulie K. Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    Julie joined Practice Greenhealth as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist in 2015 by way of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and her role in the campaign as an Outreach Specialist in 2013. A currently practicing registered nurse, she began developing her interests in health care sustainability in 2003 with the opportunity to open and manage the surgery department at the country's first LEED certified hospital in Boulder, CO, where she currently lives. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. She has worked in the operating rooms of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Duke University Medical Center in clinical and management positions.

    imageKaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement, Greening the OR Manager, Practice Greenhealth
    Kaeleigh is a Member Engagement Manager for Practice Greenhealth, largely focusing on 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  Nonmember: $0

  • Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Climate Series

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    ACCO and Practice Greenhealth invite you to take advantage of complimentary trial access to a 6-course online training program.


    About the Series:

    We know our members are committed to taking practical and constructive actions toward preparedness and reducing their footprint. ACCO and Practice Greenhealth invite you to take advantage of complimentary trial access to the following on-demand online training resources to help you build capacity to effectively establish and implement climate action initiatives:

    • Climate 101: Understanding Climate Science & the Latest Projections
    • Climate 102: Understanding Climate Variability, Extreme Events & Long-Term Climate Change
    • Climate 103: The Basics of Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Coastal Assets & Infrastructure
    • Climate 104: The Public Health Implications of Climate Change (in development and anticipated to be available in June 2017)
    • GHG 101: Basics of GHG Accounting, Reporting & Disclosing GHG Emissions
    • GHG 102: Fundamentals of the Energy, Water & Food Nexus

    *This is a partner program brought to you by Practice Greenhealth and ACCO jointly. Additional information may be requested by ACCO for your complimentary access to the content. It may take up to 24 hours to receive a username and password to access the set of free courses through ACCO.

    Press Release: Association of Climate Change Officers and Practice Greenhealth Announce Partnership

  • Greening the OR Energy Efficiency Strategies: HVAC setbacks

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Join us for a deep dive into the HVAC system and how energy- saving programs in the OR can be implemented safely.

    Session Description

    With their stringent environmental, heating, ventilation, and air cooling (HVAC) requirements and 24/7 occupancy patterns, the OR represents a significant percentage of a health care facility's energy budget. Reducing HVAC demands in ORs when they are unoccupied can save an average of more than $3,200 per OR per year, and yet only 32 percent of 2016 Practice Greenhealth award winners had an HVAC setback program in place.* Speakers will review air exchange rate operation and standards, reducing rates to minimum standards during unoccupied periods. The importance of a multidisciplinary team approach and understanding and addressing common concerns among key stakeholders will be reviewed.

    Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the HVAC system and how energy- saving programs in the OR can be implemented safely. Gather up your colleagues in Facilities, Infection Prevention and Surgical Services and join engineering, clinical and sustainability experts as they zero in on air exchange rates in the operating room during unoccupied modes.

    *2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report. Practice Greenhealth.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify the benefits of energy reduction initiatives on cost, safety, and ecological health.
    • Zero in on the A in HVAC: Understanding airflow codes and standards.
    • Explore various processes for transitioning air exchange rates from minimal to operational conditions.
    • Address concern of key stakeholders with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.

    Presenters

    John D. Villani, P.E., CCP, CEM, LEED AP, Vice President, Grumman/Butkus Associates

    As the Vice President and Principal at Grumman/Butkus Associates, John Villani is responsible for the standardization, management oversight, and execution of the firm's commissioning projects. Project responsibilities include conducting all phases on commissioning design through turnover with numerous clients.

    John is a licensed professional engineer in several states, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Commissioning Provider and a Certified Energy Manager. He has been active with ASHRAE, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the Building Commissioning Association, and is currently the Director at Large on the BCxA International Board of Directors.


    Ramona L. Conner MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief, Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

    Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Responsible for providing professional expertise regarding perioperative nursing practice to the Board of Directors, AORN national committees, headquarters staff, members, specialty assemblies, and other health care organizations (eg, standard setting/regulatory bodies, accreditation agencies, and professional associations). Represent AORN in major health care policy and accreditation activities related to perioperative standards, recommended practices, and guidelines. Liaison to AAMI Sterilization Standards Committee, Co-Chair ST79 work group. AAMI/ANSI appointed U.S. expert for ISO/TC 198/WG. Liaison to Facilities Guidelines Institute Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee, Steering Committee.


    JM.jpgJulie K. Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth

    Julie joined Practice Greenhealth as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist in 2015 by way of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and her role in the campaign as an Outreach Specialist in 2013. A currently practicing registered nurse, she began developing her interests in health care sustainability in 2003 with the opportunity to open and manage the surgery department at the country's first LEED certified hospital in Boulder, CO, where she currently lives. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. She has worked in the operating rooms of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Duke University Medical Center in clinical and management positions.


    Kaeleigh_pp.jpgKaeleigh Sheehan, Member Engagement, Greening the OR Manager, Practice Greenhealth
    Kaeleigh is a Member Engagement Manager for Practice Greenhealth, largely focusing on 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 Nonmember: $0

  • Hello There, Get Ready to Share! What’s New to Do for Earth Day 2017?

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/01/2017

    Join Hermine Levey Weston and others to learn what your peers are planning for Earth Day April 22, 2017

    When required, please enter event password "Pgh2017".

    Session Description 

    Join Hermine Levey Weston and others to learn what your peers are planning for Earth Day April 22, 2017

    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

    Presenter

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    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.

    Pricing

    Member: $0  Nonmember: $79

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations: Department of Energy (DOE) FREE Workplace Charging Resources and Practice Greenhealth Member Insights

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/27/2017

    This sharing call will provide an overview of available assessment, procurement, installation, and general best practice resources. Gather your Facilities, Community Benefit, HR, Supply Chain, and Finance colleagues and hear from Practice Greenhealth members about their experience and perspectives on assessment, planning, installing and maintaining EV charging stations on their campuses.

    When required, please enter event password "Pgh2017".

    Session Description 

    Air pollution in our nation’s cities and communities contributes to respiratory diseases (including asthma and changes in lung function), cardiovascular diseases, adverse pregnancy outcomes (such as preterm birth), and even death, and is carcinogenic to humans.1   About 3 of every 4 of the 8 million barrels imported daily into our country is used by the transportation sector2, largely single passenger vehicles and light duty trucks found daily in employer parking lots and back docks.

    With the transition from internal combustion to electric engine technologies, and as major community employers, hospitals and health systems are in a position to reduce the environmental and community health impacts of hospital-related transportation.  Building an infrastructure of EV charging stations at employer workplaces can serve to reduce the amount of petroleum used for transportation and support and improve community health.

    Among strategies to reduce the public health impacts of current transportation practices is the installation of public, employee, and fleet vehicle EV Charging stations.  This sharing call will provide an overview of available assessment, procurement, installation, and general best practice resources.  Gather your Facilities, Community Benefit, HR, Supply Chain, and Finance colleagues and hear from Practice Greenhealth members about their experience and perspectives on assessment, planning, installing and maintaining EV charging stations on their campuses.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the health impacts of air pollution from hospital-related transportation sources and review transportation strategies to improve community health outcomes, including the installation of EV charging stations.
    • Review DOE EV Workplace Charging program and resources.
    • Learn Success Stories from  Advocate Health.

    Presenters

    imageJulie K. Moyle, MSN, RN, Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Practice Greenhealth, jmoyle@practicegreenhealth.org Julie joined Practice Greenhealth as an Outreach and Engagement Specialist in 2015 by way of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and her role in the campaign as an Outreach Specialist in 2013. A currently practicing registered nurse, she began developing her interests in health care sustainability in 2003 with the opportunity to open and manage the surgery department at the country’s first LEED certified hospital in Boulder, CO, where she currently lives. She earned her BSN from Vanderbilt University and Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Duke University. She has worked in the operating rooms of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Duke University Medical Center in clinical and management positions.

    imageCarrie Ryder, Analyst, ICF, carrie.ryder@icf.com Carrie is an analyst at ICF specializing in alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and sustainable transportation. She supports the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in their alternative fuels programs, and she has provided technical assistance, compiled best practices, and developed resources for workplace charging programs since 2014. Carrie graduated from Dartmouth College and currently resides in Denver, CO.

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    Austin Rennick, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, Manager of Facility Operations, Advocate Health Care

    Pricing

    List Price: FREE!
    Health Care Member: FREE!
    Subscriber: FREE!


  • An Evidence-Based Framework for Patient and Family Engagement

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/31/2017

    Join us for a presentation by Dr. Frampton, President of Planetree, as she discusses how Patient and family engaged care (PFEC) brings a shift in the role patients and families play on their own care teams, as well as in quality improvement and care delivery efforts

    Session Description

    Patient and family engaged care (PFEC) is care that is planned, delivered, and managed in partnership with patients and their families in a way that reflects their preferences and values. This approach to care is a shift in the role patients and families play on their own care teams, as well as in quality improvement and care delivery efforts. Currently barriers exist in most settings that prevent organizations from creating a culture that is driven by patient and family engagement.

    To address these barriers, the US National Academy of Medicine convened a Scientific Advisory Panel to compile and disseminate important insights on culture change strategies that facilitate patient engagement with validated results tied to better outcomes, better care, greater value and greater joy in practice. To achieve this goal, the Panel drew on both the scientific evidence and the lived experiences of patients, families, and healthcare practitioners to develop a comprehensive framework for creation of a culture of PFEC.

    This resulting National Academy discussion paper includes research supportive of the elements of the model and a bibliography within each topic area. The paper introduces the framework and associated evidence, along with practical examples, with the goal of supporting action that will support PFEC. Widespread dissemination of the framework is underway currently, and on-going updates to the evidence-base will be added in order to keep the model evolving.

    Our aspirations for a sustainable culture of patient-engaged care requires an understanding that all stakeholder groups are part of the solution. The behaviors and altitudes of patients, clinical staff, and leadership create the culture of healthcare delivery. Culture change efforts must be informed by the experiences of all who interact with the system. Having a framework that identifies how to manage culture change, along with a compilation of supportive evidence is essential.

    Presenter

    Susan B. Frampton, PhD, President, Planetree

    Susan Frampton is the President of Planetree, a non-profit advocacy and membership organization that works with a growing international network of healthcare provider organizations across the continuum to implement comprehensive patient-/person-centered models of care. Dr. Frampton, a medical anthropologist, has authored numerous publications, including the third edition of Putting Patients First (Jossey-Bass 2013), and a chapter in Providing Compassionate Health Care (Routledge 2014).
    Dr. Frampton currently co-chairs of the National Quality Partnership, a collaborative of major national organizations convened by the National Quality Forum, and the Advanced Illness Care Action Team also convened by NQF. Dr. Frampton serves on the Governing Board for the WHO-CC International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals, has participated on The Joint Commission's Expert Advisory Panel on culturally competent patient-centered care standards, the Institute of Medicine's Patient and Family Council Leadership Consultative Group, and currently chairs the National Academy of Medicine's Scientific Advisory Panel on the Evidence Base for Patient-Centered Care. She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Compassionate Healthcare, and in addition to speaking internationally on culture change, quality, safety, and the patient experience, she was honored in 2009, when she was named one of “20 People who Make Healthcare Better" by Health Leaders Magazine.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Nonmember: $79
  • Practice Greenhealth 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report, highlighting health care sustainability trends and emerging areas of focus. The 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report includes an analysis of the data from 322 hospitals that participated in Practice Greenhealth’s 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards. The Benchmark Report is the only report that shows comprehensive data illustrating the progress of sustainability across the health care sector. The report analyzes data provided by health care facilities of various types and sizes located across the country. In addition to reporting out on metrics, the report shares sustainability trends and emerging areas of focus.

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    Description:

    Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report, highlighting health care sustainability trends and emerging areas of focus. The 2016 Sustainability Benchmark Report includes an analysis of the data from 322 hospitals that participated in Practice Greenhealth’s 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards. The Benchmark Report is the only report that shows comprehensive data illustrating the progress of sustainability across the health care sector. The report analyzes data provided by health care facilities of various types and sizes located across the country. In addition to reporting out on metrics, the report shares sustainability trends and emerging areas of focus.


    Pricing:

    List Price: $2,500
    Health Care Members: Free!
    Subscribers: Free!

  • Introducing the 2017 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/07/2016

    Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier source of recognition for hospital achievement in environmental stewardship. Come and learn how your organization can gain recognition for all of the sustainability programs it is putting into place.

    When required, please enter event password "Pgh2016".

    Session Description:

    Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier source of recognition for hospital achievement in environmental stewardship. Come and learn how your organization can gain recognition for all of the sustainability programs it is putting into place.

    Learning Objectives:

    This sharing call will:
      1. Walk participants through the Environmental Excellence Awards account set up process
      2. Highlight the Environmental Excellence Awards timeline and deadline for submission
      3. Provide guidance on how to select the right Environmental Excellence Award application for your organization
      4. Outline the benefits of applying for an Environmental Excellence Award
      5. Answer your questions on how to get started on your Environmental Excellence Award application

    This is a Member ONLY event

    Cecilia DeLoach Lynn

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition director

    DeLoach Lynn manages the Sector Performance department at Practice Greenhealth where she oversees the development of an industry-wide set of performance metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor the success of health care sustainability programs and manages Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Excellence Awards program. DeLoach Lynn brings more than 20 years of experience working with hospitals and health care organizations to create customized sustainability programs and goals. She has an MBA with a focus in corporate social responsibility and health care administration and is a LEED-accredited professional.

    Contact Info:

    Christopher Bodkin

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

    Bodkin’s role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the health care sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both accessibility of sustainability performance data and impact. Bodkin was named to GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

    Contact Info:

  • Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Water Management Program Part II: If It Isn’t Safe AND Efficient, Then It Isn’t Sustainable

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/30/2016

    This sharing call will help equip facility leaders with best water management practices for achieving health and safety, environmental and financial goals.

    When required, please enter password "Pgh2016" for this event. If you need any assistance, please contact yzhong@practicegreenhealth.org.

    Description:

    1. This sharing call will help equip facility leaders with best water management practices for achieving health and safety, environmental and financial goals.Dr. William McCoy, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Phigenics will present "Safe, Efficient and Cost Effective Water Management Programs for the Built Environment." This comes from a book he is writing for the International Water Association. Attendees will learn what is sustainable water system management, understand "If it is not safe, it is not sustainable", and learn how to align cost, safety and efficiency.
    2. Practice Greenhealth Less Water Goals and Toolkit overview.
    3. Dr. Vincent Hsu will detail Florida Hospital's Water Management Journey. Florida Hospital is developing a system wide approach for optimizing their water management for safety and efficiency. The presentation will include an overview of how the program started, Florida Hospital's vision for water management, the composition and value achieved by creating a water management team, the process for developing the program for water safety and the next steps as it incorporates water efficiency opportunities and ongoing validation and verification.
    4. Q&A moderated by Hermine Levey Weston.

    Learning Objectives:

    Attendees will understand that a sustainable building water management program entails designing it for water safety and optimizing it for water efficiency with ongoing program oversight via a cross-functional water management team and smart technology.

    Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:

    1. Communicate that water in buildings is not always safe due to incoming water quality being insufficient and/or water quality degrading in the facility
    2. Identify activities that are most likely to distinguish effective water management programs
    3. Develop a water management team
    4. Develop metrics for water safety and efficiency
    5. Utilize smart technology
    6. Implement best practices for program validation and verification

    Member: Free! / Non-Members: $79.00

    Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA

    Member 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.

    Contact Information:

         Phone: 1-888-521-6664
         Email: hleveyweston@practicegreenhealth.org

    William McCoy, Ph.D.

    Program Committee Chair and Chief Technology Officer, Phigenics

    Bill McCoy is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Phigenics. He is a world-renowned expert in preventing disease associated with waterborne pathogens in building water systems. The International Water Association (IWA) awarded him their top prize, the Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Management and Science, in Berlin, 2001. The IWA published his full-length book entitled Preventing Legionellosis in 2005. Bill has developed many innovations in water technology. He holds 29 US patents, all with international equivalents, and in 2001, received the Inventor of the Year award from The Intellectual Property Law Association in Chicago. Bill serves as an Advisor to NSF International, developing education, training and certification programs on HACCP for Building Water Systems. He currently serves as voting member on the Environmental Health Committee for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and also as voting member on Standard Project Committee 188, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems". He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Calgary and M.Sc. from the University of Hawaii, two undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Microbiology from California State University, Long Beach and Executive Management Education from the University of Michigan.

    Contact Information:

    EMail: wmccoy@phigenics.com

    Vincent Hsu, MD, MPH, CIC, FACP

    Hospital Epidemiologist & Exec Director, Infection Prevention Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Florida Hospital

    Dr. Hsu is the Hospital Epidemiologist at Florida Hospital and co-chair of Florida Hospital's Water Management Program. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University College of Medicine in California. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Legacy Portland Hospital and his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at University of Southern California Medical Center. He also obtained a Masters of Public Health at University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health.

    Prior to joining Florida Hospital, Dr. Hsu spent three years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was involved in outbreak investigations such as the anthrax attacks and SARS epidemic. His time there was focused on international outbreak control and public health research. Dr. Hsu was also previously the Medical Director for Safety, Quality, and Infection Control at Florida Hospital. His current interests include prevention of hospital-associated infections, community and hospital preparation for pandemic influenza, and use of evidence-based therapies to create a culture of safety for patients.

    Dr. Hsu has received numerous awards, including several U.S. Public Health Service Awards. He is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications in epidemiology and infectious diseases. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine.

    Contact Information:

    Email: vincent.hsu.md@flhosp.org

  • How to Conduct a Material and Waste Baseline and Track Over Time

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/15/2016

    Overview of the categories that Practice Greenhealth has established in order for hospitals to use a standardized practice for measuring materials and waste.

    When required, please enter meeting password "Pgh 2016".

    Session Description:

    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. Christopher Bodkin will provide details on the data requirements for material and waste tracking.


    Learning Objectives:

    At the conclusion of this sharing call, attendees will be able to:

      • 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.
      • Understand the data collection requirements for both Environmental Excellence Awards and sector benchmarking.

    • Members: $0 / Non-Members: $79

    Janet Howard

    Director, Member Engagement and Healthier Hospitals, Practice Greenhealth


    Janet Howard leads the facility member engagement team and the Healthier Hospitals program. The team provides fresh content, educational support and technical assistance to Practice Greenhealth facility members and Healthier Hospitals enrollees.  Recent projects include the Employee Engagement Toolkit and fresh content on Materials/WastesEngaged Leadership and the new Less Food to Landfill goal and toolkit.

    The Member Engagement team works together to help organizations recognize the link between sustainability programming and quality, patient experience and performance excellence. Janet's angle is around empowerment and the belief that every person deserves a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

    With Iqbal Mian, Janet developed a strategic deployment consult offering at Practice Greenhealth. The day-long program facilitates the facility or system's vision, mission, goals and elevator speeches for sustainability programming in alignment with overall strategic organizational goals. This senior level engagement results in strategic deployment and optimizes programmatic success.

    Janet pioneered sustainability 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. Read Janet’s columns on her LinkedIn profile.

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    Contact Info:

    Email: jhoward@practicegreenhealth.org (T): 866.598.2110

    Christopher Bodkin

    Practice Greenhealth sector performance and recognition data coordinator

    Bodkin’s role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the health care sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both accessibility of sustainability performance data and impact. Bodkin was named to GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30 list for 2018.

    Contact Info: