Sharing Call: Hello There, Get Ready to Share! What’s New to Do for Earth Day 2016?
Recorded On: 02/17/2016
Join Ms. Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson, Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability at Littleton Adventist Hospital as we get ready for 2016 Earth Day!
- 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
Ms. Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson, Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability, Littleton Adventist Hospital
Kirsi Aryan-Edwardson grew up in Finland. Growing up in Europe and being raised by post-World War II parents, who did not waste anything, gave Kirsi a deep appreciation of the benefits of sustainable living, both in regards to our environment and our finances.
After graduating from the University of Helsinki with a Bachelor of Science degree, Kirsi came to the United States to attend graduate school in Ames, Iowa. It was there that she earned a Master of Science degree in Institution Management and an ADA Administrative Dietitian certification.
Kirsi is currently employed at Littleton Adventist Hospital (LAH) in Littleton, Colorado as the Director of Nutrition Services, Environmental Services and Sustainability. Additionally, she is in charge of the hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste programs at LAH and she is one of the key advisors for these programs for the 16 Centura Health hospitals.
Under Kirsi's leadership, Littleton Adventist Hospital's environmental sustainability program has developed from a grassroots effort in 2008 to an award winning program, which has been recognized both locally and nationally.
Littleton Adventist Hospital has received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth two years in the row (2014 and 2015), with Circles of Excellence in Waste, Food and Water. LAH is also a member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at the Silver level, and has been listed among Colorado's 50 Greenest Businesses by Colorado GreenBiz in 2014.
Kirsi is active in the State's environmental sustainability initiatives, as a second-year Board member of Colorado Environmental Partnership, representing Colorado's healthcare sector. She is also an advisor on CDPHE's Healthier Hospital Compact.
Kirsi is most proud of her six children, her ranch, and the fact that she has been helping to transform the culture at LAH from a very convenience driven suburban mentality in 2008, to a present culture where the associates are concerned of their organization's negative impacts on the environment.
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.
Jill Deleon, BSN, RN-BC, Clinical Staff Nurse, Supplemental Staffing Team, Green Committee Nurse Representative, Tampa General Hospital
Jill Deleon is a floating nurse for the Supplemental Staffing Team at Tampa General Hospital. She embarked on her second career on a Trauma Surgery unit in 2006, and began rotating among Medical-Surgical, Joint and Orthopedic Trauma, Cardiovascular Telemetry, Complex Medicine, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Pediatric and Antepartum units in 2012. Jill is an active member of Tampa General's nursing shared governance councils, including Heart Failure, Patient Education, Medication Use Improvement and the Nurse Practice Council.
Jill was charged with spearheading a DEHP Assessment for TGH's Green Committee in 2012, and since has become passionate about the role nurses can play in reducing the TGH carbon footprint, promoting public health and protecting the Tampa Bay estuary. She resurrected TGH's Earth Day celebration last year with a local vendor fair and an Earth Day Film Festival.
Prior to her nursing career Jill served as Systems Liaison for the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, a local non-profit charged with community oversight of federal, state, local and private funds allocated for reducing county-wdie low birth weight and other poor birth outcomes. Jill possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Western Governor's University.