Hospitals Find ROI in Recycling Efforts

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media , May 3, 2013

Single-use device reprocessing had the highest data-sharing rate of all the HHI Challenges, which indicates how important it is to align business partners and supply chain professionals in order to track data and monitor performance. The 185 hospitals that have begun the SUD process under the HHI initiative saved an estimated $32 million in 2012.

Based on participation rates and activities, the HHI report says that establishing a project lead for sustainability efforts and creating a related mission statement are "essential steps for all organizations pursuing an environmental sustainability program."

Ninety-four percent of 143 enrollees in the ‘Engaged Leadership Challenge’ have appointed a sustainability executive owner on the leadership team. The high level of participation demonstrates a growing interest in improving environmental impacts on patients and the surrounding environment.

"It demonstrates the transition of health care sustainability from grassroots to leadership offices, indicating that it is becoming less of a one-off trend and more of a strategic priority for health care organizations," says the report.

Chelsea Rice is an associate editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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