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  • Sustainable Operations Series: Lessons From The Farm At St. Joe's

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/20/2014

    Recorded on 10/20/14 - Leaders from Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will share their story, which includes The Farm at St. Joe's, a 364-acre farm and educational experience on the grounds of St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, MI, where organic planting methods provide patients, staff, volunteers and visitors an experiential way to understand the link between fresh air, exercise, fresh food, good nutrition and good health.

    Session Description

    Leaders from Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will share their story, which includes The Farm at St. Joe's, a 364-acre farm and educational experience on the grounds of St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, MI, where organic planting methods provide patients, staff, volunteers and visitors an experiential way to understand the link between fresh air, exercise, fresh food, good nutrition and good health. The Farm's innovative approach to healing and wellness has garnered The Catholic Health Association's 2013 Achievement Citation. In this presentation, the staff behind the creation and management of the farm will share some of the lessons they've learned and insights into how other health care organizations can take what they've learned and adapt it for their own organization, how to generate support for environmental projects, how to find community partners and more. This presentation will help attendees to gain a national and local perspective on food and health connections and successful practices from a health facility that has implemented several programs and practices related to this issue.

    Learning Objectives

    • To learn about the history and the creation of The Farm at St. Joe's.
    • To learn about the connections of a farm operation to health and nutrition.
    • To learn about the day-to-day operations of The Farm at St. Joe's.

    Presenters

    Dave Raymond, Director of Planning and Design, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

    Dave Raymond is the director of planning and design at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. In this role, he oversees planning and design of new hospitals, outpatient facilities as well as renovations within these type of facilities for Trinity Health in the Southeast Michigan Region.

    He has been involved in community development for the past 12 years with youth in Michigan and Mexico, developing workshops and hands-on experiences for youth to serve communities in need. He also currently works with World Vision U.S. and Mexico for the care of children. In addition, he serves on the board of the IHN Homeless shelter for families in need within Washtenaw County, Mich. He also currently oversees "The Farm at St. Joe's," developing community awareness for nutrition and stewardship of resources.

    Mr. Raymond graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in business administration and he is a licensed builder in the state of Michigan.

    Daniel Bair, Project Manager, The Farm at St. Joe's, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

    Dan Bair is the director of hospital farming at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's "The Farm at St. Joe's", a 23 acre farm on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. This innovative program works with patients, staff and the community to strengthen the connections between a healthy diet, exercise and health. Dan helped establish The Farm at St. Joe's, on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, in 2010.

    Mr. Bair graduated from University of Michigan in 2004 with a bachelor of general studies focusing on urban and environmental studies. He first participated in growing vegetables in an area larger than a pot during the summer of 2002 while living and volunteering in Detroit with Detroit Summer. His urban farming experience in Detroit opened the door to a position in 2006 assisting with the Chicago Botanic Garden's Green Youth Farm, a small farm on Chicago's west side, run by youth who market the produce at a neighborhood farmer's market. From there he went on to complete Michigan State University's Organic Farming Certificate Program in 2007 and he's been farming and marketing up and down Michigan, in the country, the city and suburbs ever since.

    Lisa McDowell, MS, RD, CNSD, Manager of Clinical Nutrition, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

    Lisa McDowell, MS, RD, CSSD, is the manager of clinical nutrition at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich. In April 2010, she helped start a 25-acre organic farm on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to help improve the food served to patients and employees.

    She has been a clinical dietitian for over 20 years and enjoys integrating farm fresh produce into nutrition care plans to optimize healing. Her efforts were recognized by Crain's Detroit and she was named a health care hero for her work to fight obesity and improve access to fresh food. She also received the clinical engagement award at the 2011 FoodMed conference and was recognized as the Michigan Dietitian of the year.

    In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she works with Olympic athletes and is the team dietitian for the Detroit Red Wings. She has a passion for fresh, functional food and enjoys sharing her knowledge with patients as well as athletes to improve overall health, quality of life and performance.

    Laura Meisler, Program Manager, The Farm at St. Joe's, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

    Laura Meisler is the Program Manager for the Farm at St. Joe's, coordinating administrative and educational activities. Her background is in children's museum and outdoor environmental education, marketing and organic farming. She also serves on the planning teams for Ann Arbor's Farm to School Collaborative and the annual HomeGrown Festival.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 Non-member: $29

  • 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. 

    Presenter

    Charlotte A. Smith, R. Ph., M.S., Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, WM Healthcare Solutions, Inc.csmith@pharmecology.com
    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 atcharlottesmith12@gmail.com

       Member Only Recourse

  • Greening the Supply Chain Series: The Business Case for a Total Cost of Ownership Evaluation for Medical Products

    Contains 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.

    Session Description

    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.

    Learning Objectives

    • 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.

    Pricing

    Member: $0   Non-member: $29

    Beth Eckl

    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.

    Erol Odabasi

    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.

    Vanessa Lochner

    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 Programming

    Contains 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.

    Session Description 

    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.

    Learning Objectives 

    • 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. 

    Presenters

    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.

    Pricing 

    Member: $0   Non-member: $0

  • Greening the OR Series: Fire the Photon Torpedoes Sulu: Dose Based UVGI in Health Care Central Ventilation Air Reduces HAI

    Contains 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.

    Session Description

    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.

    Learning Objectives

    • 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.

    Presenters

    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

    Pricing 

    Member: $0      Non-member: $29

  • Gary Cohen and Robin Guenther Present: Get Started on Climate and Health

    Contains 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.

    Session Description

    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.

    Learning Objectives

    • 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.

    Presenters

    Gary CohenGary 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 UtechJon 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 GuentherRobin 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 Health

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    30-minute module defines the interrelationship between sustainability and public health.

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    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.

    FREE!

  • Sustainability Online Course 2: Drivers for Healthcare Sustainability

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This module will highlight the different healthcare-specific drivers for integrating sustainability across the organization—with an emphasis on pinpointing the right drivers to “sell” the concept to different leaders across the organization.

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    There are multiple reasons to tackle sustainability in the healthcare sector. This module will highlight the different healthcare-specific drivers for integrating sustainability across the organization—with an emphasis on pinpointing the right drivers to “sell” the concept to different leaders across the organization.

    Members & Subscribers: FREE! / Non-Members: $19.95

  • Sustainability Online Course 3: Setting Up Infrastructure for Sustainability

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This module will lay out a framework for building an infrastructure to support sustainability in healthcare institutions.

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    Getting started on sustainability can sometimes be the hardest part. Where does one begin? This module will lay out a framework for building an infrastructure to support sustainability in healthcare institutions. From engaging leadership to building a functional team to identifying sustainability lead—this module will help participants understand how hospitals are successfully tackling this work

    Members & Subscribers: FREE! / Non-Members: $19.95

  • Sustainability Online Course 4: Developing a Baseline for Sustainability

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This module will walk participants through a framework for developing a baseline for sustainability.

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    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