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HHI Series: Sustain The Success - Creating A Sustainability Strategic PlanContains 2 Component(s)
Recorded on 11/13/2014 - When you embark on a journey, using a map to chart the course and reach your desired destination is smarter than aimlessly meandering. If your sustainability program is ready to go to the next level and sustain the successes already gained, it's time to think about defining a vision of how the program will mature and develop over at least the next five years.
When you embark on a journey, using a map to chart the course and reach your desired destination is smarter than aimlessly meandering. If your sustainability program is ready to go to the next level and sustain the successes already gained, it's time to think about defining a vision of how the program will mature and develop over at least the next five years. A strategic plan for sustainability illuminates the path, identifies key milestones on the path and guides an organization to make adjustments in direction along the way in response to a changing environment. Learn the key elements of a strategic plan which can shape and direct where your organization wants to take sustainable thinking and alignment with the organization's mission and vision. By infusing focused goals, tactics, strategies and accountability, a sustainability strategic plan can ensure everyone in the organization are on the same path progressing toward the same destination.
- Identify key elements to include when building a sustainability strategic plan.
- Learn how to take vision and build it into action.
- Learn how to find key alignment with your organization's long term vision.
- Learn about key indicators of success to include in a sustainability strategic plan.
Mary Larsen, System Manager, Environmental Stewardship, Advocate Health Care
Mary has held several leadership positions in hospital operations at Advocate Health Care, including extensive experience in supply chain management. For two years, Mary served as a director of sustainable operations at Practice Greenhealth, working with hospitals across the U.S. to develop and implement programs to reduce waste, enhance patient and worker health and safety, and create cultures of conservation. Mary currently holds the position of System Environmental Stewardship Manager at Advocate, the largest integrated health system in the state of Illinois. Her role is responsible for leading a comprehensive sustainability program, including goal setting, measurement and reporting, education and training, and establishing and implementing best practices in sustainable health care operations. Advocate is one of the country's top ten health systems and one of eleven founding sponsor health systems of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Mary's educational background includes a BS in Accounting from Loyola University, and an MS in Public Services Administration from De Paul University.
Seema Wadhwa, Director of Program Management, Healthier Hospitals Initiative.
Seema is the Director of Program Management for the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. She is also the Director of Sustainability at Urban Ltd. and serves as the Director of
Sustainability for Inova Health System, an HHI sponsor comprised of hospitals, nursing homes, emergency- and urgent-care centers, assisted-living communities and community health and wellness programs.
Seema is responsible for the creation and adoption of sustainable management practices at Inova Health System. Prior to her role with Inova Health System, Seema spent several years managing engineering design projects. Seema’s industry experience extends to advising about best practices in green building and enabling a sustainable approach to the design and implementation of health care projects. She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.
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HHI Series - Lessons from a Leader: Transportation Planning for 21st Century Health Care Seattle Children’s “Conscious Commute”Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/05/2014
Recorded on 11/06/14 - Transportation is often overlooked when identifying pollution sources and opportunities for improved environmental performance in health care, yet cars contribute to smog, poor visibility and poor air quality, especially in congested areas. While one can’t smell carbon monoxide, it is emitted from cars and impact people through reducing the amount of oxygen that is transferred to muscles and to the organs. Those at greatest risk are those with heart or respiratory disease.
Transportation is often overlooked when identifying pollution sources and opportunities for improved environmental performance in health care, yet cars contribute to smog, poor visibility and poor air quality, especially in congested areas. While one can’t smell carbon monoxide, it is emitted from cars and impact people through reducing the amount of oxygen that is transferred to muscles and to the organs. Those at greatest risk are those with heart or respiratory disease. According to the EPA, in 2008, 27% of greenhouse gases came from transportation sources. Greenhouse gases are forecasted to increase dramatically for this sector. Nestled by mountains, lakes and Puget Sound, Seattle’s landscape intensifies a serious traffic congestion problem. The City of Seattle created an ordinance that requires large employers to reduce their drive-alone rate as one measure to alleviate the impact of transportation on the roads and the environment. Seattle Children’s goal was to expand its campus in North East Seattle but reduce the rate of single occupancy vehicle use and avoid the need to construct 500 new parking stalls at an estimated cost of $20,000,000. The precious space that would be needed for the additional 500 parking places could be put to better use for clinical space. This, in combination with Seattle Children’s commitment to the health of its workers and community, led to the development of a comprehensive transportation plan, developed in tandem with the facility’s strategic plan, looking ahead twenty years, starting in 2013.
Seattle Children’s goal is to reduce single vehicle car use from its current rate of 40% to the rate of 30% by 2028 or the completion of its master plan. The transportation plan has already received notice and has garnered The Governor’s Commute Smart Award, EPA’s Commuter Choice Leadership Award, Commuter Challenge’s Diamond Award; Zip car’s 2010 Wheel of Change Award and is recognized as a model in healthy commuting strategies, safety and prevention. Seattle Children’s has also won Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award.
- Understand why every hospital should have a transportation plan.
- How a transportation plan can contribute to a healthier environment.
- Understand how Seattle Children’s sets transportation goals and measures progress with their transportation plan.
Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Director, Transportation and Sustainability Seattle Children's
Paulo Nunes-Ueno is the director of transportation and sustainability for Seattle Children's, one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals and research institutes, and is Vice President of Puget Sound Bike Share. Seattle Children's is a leader in progressive transportation programs winning 6 Diamond Awards for outstanding commute programs and several Governor's Awards for excellence in Transportation Demand Management Seattle Children's has also received the 2008 Governor's Award for Sustainable Practices, the 2010 Practice Green Health Partner for Change Award for its efforts at eliminating mercury, and reducing waste and pollution from its operations, and the 2011 Seattle Business Magazine Green Washington Award.
Paulo holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Michelle Rosenthal, Product Manager, Luum
Michelle Rosenthal is a Product Manager at Luum who defines the end-user experience and look-and-feel of the site. Michelle works closely with the team’s developers to articulate feature requirements and develops mock-ups and feature flows. She also maintains the backlog of work, bug database, and runs planning and daily scrum meetings. Michelle works closely with clients to ensure that the products being delivered meet their needs and expectations. Michelle previously worked as a Software Engineer in Test for the Expression suite of products at Microsoft for 3 years and later transferred roles to Program Manager on the Blend for Visual Studio team, working on developer/designer tools for Windows 8 applications. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree as an Digital Media Design major. She was on the board of Women in Computer Science at Penn for 3 years and is currently the Secretary of the Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group of Seattle, a local non-profit geared towards helping women and children in need move towards self-sufficiency.
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HHI Series: The Sustainable Food Purchasing Scorecard: Innovative approach to vendor selectionContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/03/2014
Recorded 11/04/14 - Selecting food service vendors - particularly food suppliers - that align with a hospital’s local and sustainable food service goals is critical to building a successful program. In this session we will introduce you to a sophisticated tool that Kaiser Permanente has developed and used in their recent supplier Request for Proposal process.
Selecting food service vendors - particularly food suppliers - that align with a hospital’s local and sustainable food service goals is critical to building a successful program. In this session we will introduce you to a sophisticated tool that Kaiser Permanente has developed and used in their recent supplier Request for Proposal process.
The Sustainable Food Purchasing Scorecard has been an instrumental tool in the contracting process for Kaiser Permanente. It provides insight into potential vendors’ corporate and distribution practices, and thus, their commitment to sustainability; detailed lists of the types of sustainable products they offer by product category and how they meet Kaiser Permanente’s Sustainable Food Criteria (which align with the Green Guide for Health Care Food Service Credits); and a commitment from potential vendors to track and report on Kaiser Permanente’s sustainable spend.
Presenters will share how they used the Sustainable Food Purchasing Scorecard to assess potential vendors, the feedback they received from vendors in the process, and the resulting impact on their food programs.
- Participants will be introduced to the Scorecard and accompanying tools and resources.
- Participants will hear a case study of usage of the tool including the results of that usage.
- Participants will develop an understanding of process for using this tool to support sustainable food program objectives.
Kathleen Reed, Sustainable Food Program Manager and National Farmers Market Coordinator, National Nutrition Services - Procurement & Supply, Kaiser Permanente
As Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Sustainable Food Program Manager since 2008, Kathleen Reed designs and implements systems to manage and expand KP's national food programs, including sustainable food sourcing initiatives, farmers markets, the Healthy Picks Program, and KP’s food-related environmental initiatives. She leads KP’s effort to increase the organization’s purchasing of sustainable food, which now includes beef and chicken from animals raised without antibiotics or added hormones. Kathleen also serves as KP's National Farmers Market Coordinator, supporting the success of more than 50 farmers markets and farm stands at KP facilities in four states. An avid organic gardener, farmers market enthusiast and cook, Kathleen has an extensive background in sustainable agriculture and food systems, and holds two Master of Science degrees from the University of California, Davis in International Agricultural Development and in Soils and Biogeochemistry.
Emma Sirois, Co-Coordinator, HCWH, Healthy Food in Health Care Program
Emma Sirois directs the Healthy Food Program at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as Co-Leads the Healthy Food in Health Care Program at Health Care Without Harm (HCWH). In these capacities Emma works with health care institutions and health care professionals in Oregon and nationwide to promote sustainable food systems by leveraging the purchasing power and health authority of the health care sector. She began working with HCWH in 2007 advocating for hospital sustainability programs that address waste, chemical management, environmentally preferred purchasing, green building and finally food. Today her work with hospitals focuses on food and food systems, developing and delivering educational and networking opportunities and direct technical assistance through the Oregon Healthy Food in Health Care Project. Previously Emma worked in Arizona, building accessible and sustainable food resources and regional food systems through direct marketing opportunities for local farmers, urban agriculture projects, food and nutrition education, advocacy and public policy work, with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the Arizona Community Action Association and the not-for-profit Community Food Connections. Emma holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.
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Greening the Supply Chain Series: Building in Sustainability: Elements of a Responsible Product Life CycleContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/29/2014
Recorded on 10/29/14 - Many industries are already utilizing standards to incorporate environmentally preferable attributes. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI*) Sustainability Committee is developing a Technical Information Report (TIR) that will address sustainability across the total medical device product life cycle.
Many industries are already utilizing standards to incorporate environmentally preferable attributes. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI*) Sustainability Committee is developing a Technical Information Report (TIR) that will address sustainability across the total medical device product life cycle. This TIR is a multi-stakeholder effort involving representatives from industry, hospitals, and regulatory authorities. This panel will highlight how the various stakeholders have come together to work on and agree to the common elements to consider. Panelists will include Cliff Bernier, Director, Standards, AAMI, who will speak to the AAMI perspective, Suzanne Fiorino, Sr. Director, Johnson & Johnson MD&D Sustainability, who will address the industry perspective, and Ramé Hemstreet, Vice President, Operations, Kaiser Permanente, who will consider the customer perspective.
- Attendees will understand the standard elements of sustainability included across the total medical device product life cycle.
- Attendees will come away with an understanding of the importance of more sustainable product development from various stakeholder perspectives.
- Attendees will learn the process by which a AAMI Technical Information Report is initiated, developed, and approved.
- Attendees will learn about how American National Standards and International Standards for medical devices are initiated, developed and approved.
Suzanne Fiorino Sr. Director Sustainability and Q&C - Strategy & Analytics, Johnson & Johnson
Suzanne Fiorino is Senior Director, MD&D Sustainability and Quality Strategy. Her responsibilities include development and deployment of the sector’s Sustainability Strategy and leadership of the Quality and Regulatory Compliance Strategic Planning process for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices & Diagnostics business.
Suzanne has previously held several leadership roles in both the Medical Devices & Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals businesses at Johnson & Johnson in the areas of Health Care Compliance (HCC), International Regulatory, Quality, and Process Excellence. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Fiorino was the owner of Amgis, Ltd., a Quality Improvement and Compliance consulting firm, and she also held positions at QualPro Inc. and Union Carbide Corporation.
Ms. Fiorino holds an MBA in New Ventures Management from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a B.S. in Chemistry from Canisius College, and has completed her coursework toward a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Senior Member of ASQ.Cliff Bernier, Director,
Clifford Bernier, Director of Standards at Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Clifford Bernier, Director, Standards at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, serves as the Secretary of ISO/TC 150/SC 2, Cardiovascular implants and extracorporeal systems and administers the US Technical Advisory Group for this activity. He is responsible for the development of more than 130 International and American National standards and the administration of over 35 standards committees. Standards and technical reports under his jurisdiction include heart valves, ventricular assist devices, cardiovascular absorbable implants, vascular prostheses, blood/gas exchange devices, dialysis equipment, and vascular device-drug combination products, among others. He is the recipient of the 2012 ASTM Robert E. Fairer Award established to recognize the advantages of standards for the public good. He founded and staffs the AAMI Sustainability Committee.
Ramé Hemstreet, VP, Operations, Kaiser Permanente
Ramé Hemstreet is the VP of Operations at Kaiser Permanente. Mr. Hemstreet is responsible for integrating and coordinating all components of facilities services, including a multibillion dollar annual construction program and a $68 million real estate portfolio.
Drawing on 28 years of experience planning and executing facilities construction and management, Ramé haS wide-ranging experience planning, negotiating and implementing complicated and often controversial infrastructure and facilities projects in various cultures and circumstances. He is experienced in both international and domestic environments, having successfully managed large organizations and programs in Japan, Europe, Oceana, California, Washington, D.C. and the Midwest.
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PGH Sharing Call: Health Care Energy EfficiencyContains 1 Component(s)
Recorded on 10/21/2014
York Chan, CHFM, CHC, SASHE, Administrator of Facilities, Advocate Health Care
Austin Rennick, P.E., CEM, LEED AP, Manager of Energy Solutions, Advocate Health Care
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Sharing Call: Health Care Energy EfficiencyContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/21/2014
Recorded on 10/21/2014 - Join York Chan Administrator of Facilities from Advocate Health Care and Austin Rennick, Manager of Energy Solutions at Advocate Health Care for a discussion on Energy Efficiency.
Join York Chan Administrator of Facilities from Advocate Health Care and Austin Rennick, Manager of Energy Solutions at Advocate Health Care for a discussion on Energy Efficiency.
York Chan, CHFM, CHC, SASHE, Administrator of Facilities, Advocate Health Care
Austin Rennick, P.E., CEM, LEED AP, Manager of Energy Solutions, Advocate Health Care
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Sustainable Operations Series: Lessons From The Farm At St. Joe'sContains 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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