Last year MD H2E asked hospitals to describe up to three sustainable victories that were achieved in 2013. The victories were later sorted into major categories reflective of the national healthcare sustainability movement and published in our newsletter and on our website. Click HERE to see last year’s Maryland Hospital Sustainable Victories.
MD H2E is once again asking: What were YOUR hospital or healthcare sustainability victories in 2014? Submit your stories and successful initiatives via this online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/67FVM8V . If you only have one or two ‘victories,’ that is ok! Contact Joan Plisko at email@example.com with any questions, or to find out more about MD H2E programs.
Join the MD HCSLC Greener Purchasing Workgroup.
Have you heard about the Greener Purchasing Workgroup? Colleen Cusick, Director, Materials Management, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Joan Plisko, MD H2E lead this monthly call, as a follow up to the Maryland Health Care Sustainability Leadership Council meeting in June. This meeting focused on sustainable supply chains with a presentation from Al Iannuzzi from Johnson and Johnson.
This work group of hospital materials managers and sustainability directors focuses on the collective impacts and actions that Maryland hospitals can take to procure greener products and services. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the next call.
PLEASE INVITE OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO ATTEND!
We are happy to work with the new leadership in 2015!
Chair: Rachel DeMunda, Director, Safety and Environmental Health Services, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Vice Chair: Lisa Grubb, Director of Quality Management, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Secretary: Kevin Mell, Vice President, Operations, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Immediate Past Chair: Mike Forthman, VP Facilities and Support Services, GBMC
Membership: Karen Grant, Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, Springfield Hospital Center
Education: Randy Komenski, Director, Clinical Transformation and Clinical Business Operations/Safety Officer, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
Advocacy: Steve Band, Director, Division of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and Rebecca Rehr, Public Health Advocacy Coordinator, Maryland Environmental Health Network
Best Management Practices: Joan Plisko, Director, Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Greener Purchasing: Colleen Cusick, Director, Materials Management, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Health Care Sustainability Leadership Council (HCSLC)
Launched in 2011, the Maryland Health Care Sustainability Leadership Council is a volunteer organization comprised of health care providers who are leading environmental sustainability efforts across Maryland’s hospitals and health care facilities. The mission of the Maryland Health Care Sustainability Leadership Council is to foster environmentally conscious health care facilities that engage, educate, inspire and advocate for social responsibility in their leaders, employees, patients, and the wider community. Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment facilitates the operation of the MD HCSLC.
Benefits of being part of the HCSLC include:
• Engage, network, share, and learn from peers;
• Create and participate in collaborative efforts and campaigns;
• Assess, develop, and benchmark sustainability goals and programs; and
• Leverage the commonalities among health care facilities to generate reduced costs and improved environmental and health outcomes.
There is a seat at the table for every hospital, health system, and health care provider in Maryland!
For more information, contact Joan Plisko at email@example.com
Good morning and welcome to our last edition of MD H2E’s News Roundup for 2014. Inside you will read about:
- A recap of the (very successful!) Trailblazer education event, along with links to all of the presentations
- A preview of the December Healthcare Sustainability Leadership Council meeting, and interview with the HCSLC’s advocacy committee chair
- Charging station rebates
- Hospital highlights: Food Day delights customers, and finding new uses for old soap dispensers
- Sustainable food pages
- Useful articles, upcoming events and much more!
If you are interested in contributing an article for the newsletter, or ‘tooting’ your hospital’s own horn on a recent initiative, please don’t hesitate to touch base. Email Carrie Flora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the full newsletter here….November-December 2014
What is MD H2E?
- MD H2E's vision is to advance a culture of environmental health and sustainability in Maryland’s health care community by engaging Maryland hospitals and health care providers though networking, education, technical assistance and recognition. Want to know more? Email Joan Plisko to join our Listserv.
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