HHI Series: HHI As A Catalyst For Optimizing Organizational Structure To Strengthen Sustainability Programming
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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