Sharing Call: Water, Health Care and the Drought of 2015

Recorded On: 07/29/2015


The Practice Greenhealth community cares about water, even if pricing in many areas is perversely low. A healthy water supply is essential for heating, cooling and sanitation. Hospitals use a lot of water in these operations and therefore must be good stewards for their community, especially when there is external stressors to the system by record busting drought and heat. California is experiencing the worst drought in history. The Midwest experiences record heat and strong storm systems making water conservation and heating projects part of their overall resiliency planning for disasters. Join this sharing call to learn what two Practice Greenhealth member hospitals are doing to address water shortages and the impact on healthcare. We welcome representatives from NorthShore Hospital System in Chicago and Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. It is your time to ask questions, share your successes and challenges. The information gleaned in this call will also inform Practice Greenhealth's supportive work for water conservation for our community.


Michael Fiore, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Michael is currently the Corporate Director of Environmental Occupational Health & Safety/Sustainability for NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago, IL. He has 20 years of experience leading EH&S programs in health care, government, general industry and consulting. Michael holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois as well as the certified industrial hygienist and safety professional credentials. He is also currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where he teaches a graduate level course on Environmental Health and Safety systems and process improvement.

Cindy Soliday, MS, LCGC

Cindy Soliday, MS, LCGC has been a practicing genetic counselor for over 30 years and has worked at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center for almost 20 years. Besides her work as Genetic Counseling Supervisor and more recently as Director of the Genetics Department, Cindy is the co-chair of the KP San Jose Green Team. The Green Team has successfully implemented and supported various green initiatives at the medical center. KP San Jose has been the proud recipient of the Practice Greenhealth Emerald Partner For Change Award for the past two years. We have also received Circle of Excellence Awards in the areas of Water and Food for two years running thanks to the efforts of many throughout the medical center.

Sharing these accomplishments is Elizabeth Bailey, MS, RD has been a registered dietitian for 17 years and has also worked at Kaiser Permanente for 20 years. In addition to her work as the Director of Food and Nutrition, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the KP San Jose Green Team.

Also presenting with the Kaiser team is their chief engineer, Keefe Fields.

* This is a member-only resource.


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