Premier Launches Green Best Practices Website
The site showcases hospital and supplier success stories about green initiatives that contribute to a safer, healthier community environment. Stories are categorized under major topics, such as energy savings and waste reduction, making it easy for hospitals to find specific information on programs of interest.
Going green not only offers hospitals a way to protect the environment, it also allows them to reduce operational costs, gain a competitive advantage and keep staff and patients satisfied.
“‘Green Corner’ provides a valuable resource for healthcare professionals seeking anecdotes about how their peers in the hospital industry are tackling important community environmental issues – both simple and complex,” said Gina Pugliese, an R.N. and vice president of the Premier Safety Institute. Pugliese noted that such information can provide an important starting point for projects whose ultimate goal is to reduce waste, save money and protect a community’s quality of life both now and for future generations.
The new site also complements the Safety Institute’s free, electronic newsletter, “Green Link,” that highlights the latest news on green healthcare practices and purchasing.
In addition, “Green Corner” expands the Premier Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program’s public suite of offerings – which currently includes electronic tools to support critical environmental efforts such as mercury pollution prevention and computer recycling.
Premier’s EPP program, a collaboration of the Safety Institute and Premier’s group purchasing program, supports the efforts of members and the industry at large to enhance the safety and health of patients, healthcare workers and the environment.
For example, on behalf of hundreds of hospitals and the communities they serve, the EPP program recently secured purchasing agreements with Dell and Gateway for computers and electronic devices that address significant environmental concerns regarding the manufacturing, use and end-of-life disposal and/or recycling of electronics.