A Healthy Collaboration: Strengthening Communities through Regional Groups

Recorded On: 07/26/2017

Session Description

Sustainability is a team effort, and often this topic cuts across competitive landscapes. Come learn how the region that hosted CleanMed 2017 has achieved tremendous results through a regional connection called the Healthcare Environmental Awareness and Resource Reduction Team Midwest (HEARRT Midwest). HEARRT Midwest is comprised of healthcare representatives, vendors, local/state agencies, and the Minnesota Hospital Association.  It connects Midwest-based healthcare professionals to encourage and support sustainability actions that improve environmental and community health and, reduce costs. 

The HEARRT Midwest steering committee organizations (CentraCare, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Ridgeview Medical Center, Minneapolis Veterans Administration Healthcare System, MN Hospital Association, MN Technical Assistance Program and Zimmer Environmental Improvement) have shown leadership in healthcare sustainability, winning accolades, awards and increased visibility for their work.  These leading organizations have achieved their success in part due to collaboration and sharing of best practices. This webinar will highlight the process by which these organizations came together to collaborate and the ways that regional collaboration strengthens and improves environmental sustainability initiatives for all involved.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how regional healthcare organizations are collaborating to encourage and support sustainability actions in health care that improve the health of the community.
  • Explore the process of how the HEARRT Midwest steering committee organizations formed a voluntary confederation of leading regional health care sustainability professionals, including creation of guiding principles and financial guidelines.
  • Realize the strategies that HEARRT Midwest employs including offering educational seminars, networking opportunities and access to additional educational resources.
  • Learn the successes and challenges of the HEARRT Midwest collaboration including educational seminar survey results, attendance measures and financial support.


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*HEARRT Midwest Members:

  1. A Practice Greenhealth Account is required for access to all Practice Greenhealth webinars.
  2. Account Privileges are determined by the individual's employer organization's membership status. 
  3. HEARRT Members with Member-Level Practice Greenhealth Accounts bypass the $79 fee automatically.
  4. HEARRT Members with standard Practice Greenhealth Accounts: Email Peggy Rademaker to obtain the Discount Code. Please place HEARRT in the subject line.
  5. HEARRT Members without a Practice Greenhealth Account: Complete our Account Request Form. Please identify yourself as a HEARRT Member.
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Lauren Koch, MENR (Moderator)

Health Care Without Harm Climate and Health associate director

Lauren Koch, MA, MENR, holds a dual masters in environment and natural resources/public policy and administration from Ohio State University and is the associate director for Health Care Without Harm’s Climate and Health program with a focus on mitigation and resilience initiatives.

​Dana A. Slade, CHMM

Director, Sustainability Programs, HealthPartners, Inc.​

Dana A. Slade, CHMM, is the Director of Sustainability Programs for HealthPartners. In this role, Mr. Slade is responsible for leading HealthPartners' comprehensive set of sustainability programs. He also is responsible for facilitating the enterprise sustainability steering committee and is a member and co-leader of the organization's green teams and sustainability working groups.

Prior to joining HealthPartners, Mr. Slade worked in the environmental and compliance management field for over 20 years, primarily in the energy sector. He has extensive experience in regulatory negotiations and is very well versed in leading teams to accomplish diverse goals.

Mr. Slade graduated with a Master's of Science degree in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1992. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in medical microbiology from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and is a very active leader in local, regional and national sustainability practitioner groups.

​Amanda Holloway

Mayo Clinic Office of Sustainability director

Holloway has served as recycling coordinator and section head in facilities operations (overseeing waste management, recycling, and environmental services). In her current sustainability role, Holloway is guiding enterprise sustainability planning and strategy across the organization to advance Mayo Clinic’s goals in energy and waste reduction, water conservation, supply chain practices, the built environment, and employee engagement. She is currently pursuing a master of science degree in sustainable management.

Dustin Maddy

Sustainability Specialist, CentraCare Health

Dustin Maddy is the Sustainability Specialist for CentraCare Health. He manages CentraCare health’s sustainability program, which includes energy conservation, waste reduction, pollution prevention, and anything else he can think of that falls under the sustainability umbrella. Dustin came to CentraCare in 2012 after working six years in code enforcement. He really enjoys navigating the intricacies of the health system, with the constant goal of reducing the ecological footprint of its operations. Some of Dustin’s favorite things to do at work are upgrading lighting systems, saving money, and keeping employees happy with their workspaces. When not at work, he spends most of his time with his wife trying to keep up with his young children. 

Catherine Zimmer

Zimmer Environmental Improvement, LLC

Zimmer Environmental Improvement, LLC (ZEn) is a consulting firm with 15 years’ experience in healthcare sustainability.  Its principal, Catherine Zimmer is familiar with operations in clinical areas such as the laboratory, patient care, pharmacy and surgery, and non-clinical areas such as environmental services and facilities maintenance.  As a former hazardous waste inspector, she is familiar with environmental compliance especially as it relates to healthcare. 

Catherine has assisted numerous healthcare facilities with environmental improvement and cost savings using lean strategies and resource optimization that include improved inventory management and product substitution.  Examples include the reduction of infectious waste at a small Minnesota hospital, saving $80,000 annually and assisting with setting par levels in both large and small pharmacies, reducing hundreds of pounds of waste and saving $150,000 per year. 

Catherine is acquainted with infection prevention criteria, Joint Commission standards, toxicity reduction, and got her start implementing a recycling program at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria MN.  She has a M.S.  in Environmental Health and B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science.



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