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  • 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

    Director, Sector Performance and Recognition, Practice Greenhealth

    Cecilia's role at Practice Greenhealth is to assist the organization in developing programmatic content, tools and resources, developing strategy for new sustainability initiatives and determining an industry-wide set of appropriate metrics and tracking mechanisms to monitor the success of healthcare sustainability programs. Cecilia provides sustainability content expertise and leadership to Greenhealth Academy's workshops, trainings, webinars and e-learning offerings as well as the Greening the OR TM Initiative. She is also an accomplished public speaker and trainer, and builds support and awareness for Practice Greenhealth through targeted speaking engagements, stakeholder engagement and outreach. Cecilia brings more than 14 years of experience working with hospitals and healthcare organizations to create customized sustainability programs and goals, and is working with the Practice Greenhealth team to evolve the next set of sustainability performance resources, metrics and tools. She has an MBA with a focus in corporate social responsibility and healthcare administration, is a LEED-accredited professional, and was instrumental in helping update the Green Guide for Healthcare's Operations Credits in 2008.

    Contact Info:

    Christopher Bodkin

    Data Coordinator, Sector Performance & Recognition, Practice Greenhealth

    Christopher's role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works with Cecilia DeLoach Lynn on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both, accessibility of data, as well as what can be learned. Christopher's vision is to create a circumstance where metrics are aligned with fiscal and social responsibilities in the health care sector, thereby creating a natural incentive to encourage leaders to move their organizations in a more sustainable direction. Christopher oversees data collection and reporting for the Healthier Hospitals program, as well as creates content and reports around data.

    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

    Data Coordinator, Sector Performance & Recognition, Practice Greenhealth

    Christopher's role at Practice Greenhealth is to help the sector become more sustainable through data collection, analysis, and reporting. He works with Cecilia DeLoach Lynn on the Sector Performance team to create dynamic metrics and data parameters to maximize both, accessibility of data, as well as what can be learned. Christopher's vision is to create a circumstance where metrics are aligned with fiscal and social responsibilities in the health care sector, thereby creating a natural incentive to encourage leaders to move their organizations in a more sustainable direction. Christopher oversees data collection and reporting for the Healthier Hospitals program, as well as creates content and reports around data.

    Contact Info:

  • Sustainable Food Service Wares - Considerations & Tools for Selection & Disposal

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/10/2016

    Explore the health concerns of styrofoam food service wares and the options available to operators looking to move away from styrofoam.

    If required, please enter meeting password "Pgh2016".

    Description:

    Explore the health concerns of styrofoam food service wares and the options available to operators looking to move away from styrofoam. Topics will include a review of bio-based products, an evaluation of each material based on usage, health, cost, and environmental considerations. Attendees will learn about sourcing and certification resources such as Environmental Preferred Purchasing, USDA BioPreferred, Biodegradable Products Institute and Forest Stewardship Council.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Develop a basic understanding of waste streams
    • Learn about the different food service ware materials and the considerations for each including patient health effects and upstream and downstream environmental impact
    • Take away EPP resources, vendor and product lists (BPI and BioPreferred)

    Presenter:

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    Thresa Pattee, Food Program Coordinator, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm

    Thresa brings 10 years of experience working in broadline foodservice distribution sales with a focus on healthcare institutions. She also piloted the first Sustainability Specialist position at US Foods San Francisco and helped to bring environmentally driven purchasing forward in the company's culture. She received a B.A in Marketing and French from Portland State University and an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University. She recently moved back to her hometown of Bozeman, Montana where she enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing, and all that the beautiful Montana wilderness has to offer.

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    Members: $0 / Non-Members: $79

    ​Thresa Pattee

    Food Program Coordinator, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm

    Thresa brings 10 years of experience working in broadline foodservice distribution sales with a focus on healthcare institutions. She also piloted the first Sustainability Specialist position at US Foods San Francisco and helped to bring environmentally driven purchasing forward in the company's culture. She received a B.A in Marketing and French from Portland State University and an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University. She recently moved back to her hometown of Bozeman, Montana where she enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing, and all that the beautiful Montana wilderness has to offer.

    Contact Info:

    tpattee@hcwh.org
    888-269-9869

  • Sustainable Operations Series: Integrated Pest Management: Partnerships and Tools to Implement a Model Program

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/18/2016

    Learn from leaders in health care who have implemented comprehensive, defined IPM programs at health care facilities. Learn about strategic partnerships to advance IPM, purchasing guidance, best practices, and strategies to overcome barriers.

    Session Description

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs have the benefit of protecting staff, patients, and visitors from exposure to pesticides that are linked to adverse health impacts, including respiratory impacts, cancers, neurological disorders, and reproductive problems. A defined IPM program is a pest management strategy focusing on long-term, non-chemical strategies for prevention and suppression of pest problems through a combination of structural, cultural, mechanical, physical, and biological controls, with least-hazardous pesticides used only as a last resort. The program focuses on removing or altering the pest-conducive conditions that lead to pest infestations. Defined IPM establishes a clear program with interdepartmental communication that avoids a dependency on toxic pesticides. In this session, learn from leaders in health care who have implemented comprehensive, defined IPM programs at health care facilities. Learn about strategic partnerships to advance IPM, purchasing guidance, best practices, and strategies to overcome barriers.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand rationale for targeting pesticides for reduction in health care setting.
    • Describe common challenges and potential solutions and best practices for implementing an IPM program in a hospital setting.
    • Describe tools and resources available for facilities seeking to develop and/or implement an IPM program.
    • Understand opportunities to partner with organizations offering expertise and resources in IPM.

    Presenters

    Charlotte Wallace, RN, Pediatric Nurse and Sustainability Coordinator, Anne Arundel Medical Center


    Charlotte is a former pediatric nurse and champion for change, who's passion for healthcare, the environment and children led her to initiate and chair the green team at Anne Arundel Medical Center, in Annapolis, Maryland. Since 2007, Charlotte has helped to educate and build a healthier hospital for the wellness and disease prevention of the patients, staff and surrounding community

    In 2012, Charlotte was awarded the Nursing Leadership in Environmental Health Award, by Maryland Hospitals for a healthy Environment. In 2013 and 2015, AAMC was recognized by the Becker's Review as one of the top 50 greenest hospitals in the US.

    Matt Wallach, Project Director, Maryland Pesticide Network & Beyond Pesticides
    Matt has a longstanding commitment to public education and activism and has a background in environmental health and safety issues. Since 2011, Matt has worked as the Project Director of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Health Care Facilities Project, a partnership of Maryland Pesticide Education Network and Beyond Pesticides. His work involves working with health care facilities throughout Maryland on their transition to and implementation of IPM plans and procedures in order to reduce pest pressures and eliminate the need for harmful pesticides. By conducting walk-throughs at facilities to inspect for potential pest-conducive conditions, reviewing pest management logs to evaluate how IPM is being implemented, and through education, facilities have taken the appropriate steps to reduce or eliminate the conditions conducive to pests. Before joining Beyond Pesticides, Matt previously worked as Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment in New York State where he worked on local, state, and regional campaigns to reduce pesticide use, conserve open space, and ensure a clean water supply. Additionally, Matt served on several coalitions dedicated to the protection of water resources. Matt earned an M.A. in Urban Planning from Hunter College in New York City and a B.A. in Geography from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

    Joan Plisko, President and Founder of Plisko Sustainable Solutions

    Dr. Joan Plisko is President and founder of Plisko Sustainable Solutions, a woman-owned small business that provides strategic, programmatic, and assessment capabilities to promote triple bottom line solutions. With over twenty-five years' experience in the environmental and health care industries, Dr. Plisko's work includes the development of a strategic sustainability marketing plan; development of a stormwater management plan; completion of a comprehensive sustainability audit; and the management of a cleaning and disinfection collaborative aimed at reducing healthcare associated infection. For ten years prior, as Director of Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MD H2E), Dr. Plisko provided technical assistance, education, and training opportunities to over 60 hospitals in Maryland. From the basement to the boardroom, Dr. Plisko catalyzed the development, implementation, and measurement of facility and system-wide sustainability programs. Dr. Plisko has written numerous case studies on topics such as recycling construction debris, sustainability dashboards, and bulk waste reduction and has delivered presentations on topics such as the sustainable supply chain, and waste prevention and management in hospitals. Additionally she developed and taught environmental health and sustainability for managers and decision makers; and taught an online graduate level sustainability course.

    Dr. Plisko has a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University, an M.E. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.

    Pricing

    Member: $0 / Non-member: $0

    If asked, please enter meeting password "Pgh2016".

  • Sustainable Operations Series: Achieving Safer Water in Health Care Facilities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/12/2016

    Join us on the part one of a two-part series which aims to equipping facility leaders with best water management practices for achieving health and safety, environmental and financial goals.

    Session Description

    This is the part one of a two-part series which aims to equipping facility leaders with best water management practices for achieving health and safety, environmental and financial goals. 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.

    Learning Objectives

    Following the two-part webinar, attendees will be able to:
    • Communicate that water in buildings is not always safe due to incoming water quality being insufficient and/or water quality degrading in the facility
    • Identify activities that are most likely to distinguish effective water management programs
    • Develop a water management team
    • Develop metrics for water safety and efficiency
    • Utilize smart technology
    • Implement best practices for program validation and verification

    Presenters

    William Rhoades, PhD. Candidate Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
    William Rhoads is a Charles E. Via Doctoral Fellow in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He received the 2015 AWWA Larson Aquatic Research Scholarship for his work on opportunistic pathogens and green plumbing systems. William is advised by Drs. Marc Edwards and Amy Pruden.


    Claressa E. Lucas, Ph.D. Microbiologist: NCID/DBMD Respiratory Disease Laboratory Section, ELITE Program Coordinator
    Dr. Claressa Lucas earned her PhD at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and completed an ASM/NCID post-doctoral appointment in the CDC Tuberculosis Laboratory before joining the CDC Legionella Laboratory in 2000. She has participated in investigation of over 40 outbreaks of legionellosis or unexplained respiratory disease and conducted a dozen environmental studies. Dr. Lucas has authored articles on biofilm formation, strain distribution, and virulence determinants of legionellae and has assisted with development of legionellosis prevention strategies for government agencies and industrial societies. Since 2008, Dr. Lucas has coordinated CDC's ELITE program, a proficiency testing program for laboratories that culture Legionella from environmental samples, with over 200 participants worldwide.

    Damian Mindley, Chief – Engineering Service, Atlanta VA Medical Center Veterans Health Administration

    Damian Mindley assumed the duties of Chief – Engineering Service at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Decatur, GA, in January 2012. Previously, Mr. Mindley served as the Supervisory General Engineer, overseeing one of the largest and most robust Capital Infrastructure Improvement funding periods in the Medical Center's history. During his first year as Chief Engineer, Mindley received a performance improvement award for implementing changes that resulted in cost savings to the Medical Center. That same year, he completed the Purdue University Yellow Belt Lean Certification Course. The following year, Mindley completed the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM). As Chief Engineer, Mindley has developed the facility's first Work Order/Preventative Maintenance instructional manual, oversaw the expansion of Engineering operations to Fort McPherson and The Trinka Davis Veterans Village, transitioned all Engineering staff members to S.M.A.R.T performance standards, garnered Resource Management Approval, which created upward mobility promotions for over 20+ staff members, presided over many Capital Infrastructure improvements to include the overhaul of the facility's electrical distribution network and the addition of a Water Storage Facility, which improved and solidified the facility's ability to respond during emergency events. The Atlanta VA Medical Center is one of very few facilities in the State of Georgia and in the country with n+1 electrical power redundancy and a 750k gallon Water Storage Facility.

    Pricing

    Members: $0 / Non-Members: $79