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Archives for October, 2011
Welcome to the special pre-conference edition of the MD H2E News Roundup. With our 4th annual conference, Environmental Excellence in Health Care: Measuring Success, only two weeks away, here is a closer look at what’s happening on November 10th.
In this special edition, find information on:
- The panel discussion, “Implementing and Measuring Sustainability Initiatives at a Community Hospital”
- A breakdown of the breakout sessions
- Nurses presenting at the conference
- Sustainable Food Sessions
- And more!
Enjoy, and we hope to see you at the conference!
New studies have underscored the potentially harmful health effects of the most widely used flame retardants, found in everything from baby blankets to carpets. Health experts are now calling for more aggressive action to limit these chemicals, including cutting back on highly flammable, petroleum-based materials used in many consumer products.
by Elizabeth Grossman
Over the past 40 years, a class of chemicals with the tongue-twisting name of halogenated flame retardants has permeated the lives of people throughout the industrialized world. These synthetic chemicals — used in electronics, upholstery, carpets, textiles, insulation, vehicle and airplane parts, children’s clothes and strollers, and many other products — have proven very effective at making petroleum-based materials resist fire.
Yet many of these compounds have also turned out to be environmentally mobile and persistent — turning up in food and household dust — and are now so ubiquitous that levels of the chemicals in the blood of North Americans appear to have been doubling every two to five years for the past several decades.
Acting on growing evidence that these flame retardants can accumulate in people and cause adverse health effects — interfering with hormones, reproductive systems, thyroid and metabolic function, and neurological development in infants and children — the federal government and various states have limited or banned the use of some of these chemicals, as have other countries. Several are restricted by the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants. Many individual companies have voluntarily discontinued production and use of these compounds. Yet despite these restrictions, evidence has emerged in recent months that efforts to curtail the use of such flame retardants — a $4 billion-a-year industry globally — and to limit their impacts on human health may not be succeeding.
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From Lena H. Sun’s “Hospitals, health groups use purchasing power to push for greener medical products,” published in the Washington Post October 12th:
Hospitals and health systems are organizing the industry’s vast purchasing power to push manufacturers of medical products to make them with safer chemicals and to be more environmentally friendly.
Five large groups that buy $130 billion of these products every year on behalf of hospitals and other health-care facilities have adopted a standard set of questions they want vendors to answer. Those questions, which will be released Thursday at an industry conference, are designed to encourage manufacturers to produce “greener and safer products for workers, patients and the environment,” said Gina Pugliese, vice president of the Premier health-care alliance, which has a division that does group purchasing.
The move is significant because the groups represent more than 4,000 hospitals and thousands of other health-care organizations, including doctor’s offices, labs and long-term-care facilities. They already leverage the collective buying power of hospitals and other facilities to negotiate discounts on products.
For the entire article:
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment and the
University of Maryland School of Nursing present:
Environmental Excellence in Health Care:
November 10, 2011
7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Visit the conference website to view the full schedule and to register:
Join regional and national health care professionals, environmental industry experts, and educators for this learning and networking event designed to showcase the measurement practices of hospitals as they journey toward more sustainable environments for hospital staff, patients, and communities. The keynote speaker, plenary session, and smaller breakout sessions will explore how facilities are measuring sustainability success using quantitative and qualitative measures. Areas of measurement may include building design and construction, carbon footprint reductions, chemical usage reductions, community benefits, cost savings, employee engagement and/or satisfaction, patient exposure reductions, sustainable food practices, waste reduction, and water conservation.
Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy
Office for a Healthy Environment
Panel Discussion: Implementing and Measuring Sustainability Efforts at Community Hospitals
Assistant Vice President, Purchasing and Support Services
Carroll Hospital Center
Jo Wilson, MBA, FACHE
Vice President, Ancillary Support Operations
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
Vice President, Facilities and Support Services
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Joan D. Plisko, PhD
Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Still the same low price!
Visit the conference website to view full pricing information and to register:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For additional information: email@example.com
A BIG Congratulations to Carroll Hospital Center for winning first place in this national Sustainable Food Award in the Food Climate Health Connection category!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 27, 2010
Contact: Eileen Secrest, 540-479-0168, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Sirois, 503.780.9859, email@example.com
Health Care Without Harm Announces Sustainable Food in Health Care Awards
Awards Recognize Hospitals and Staff Implementing Sustainable Food Programs
(Washington, DC) The Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of its Annual Sustainable Food Awards. The awards recognize significant achievement as well as leadership in health care food service; and are intended to spur competition to achieve measurable, lasting results; to encourage continuous improvement, with an emphasis on quantitative versus qualitative results; and to increase benchmarking progress in sustainable operations in health care food service. The Awards will be presented at the 2011 FoodMed conference in Seattle, Washington.
“We are so pleased to launch this inaugural round of Sustainable Food awards, with the winners representing eight states and 10 health care facilities,” stated Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm. “These awards are a new important way to recognize the advances and innovation in hospital food service, which are taking place in facilities all over the country.”
The facilities eligible for the awards have taken the HCWH Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge, or met minimum eligibility requirements, and completed the HFHC Survey, from which facilities and individuals who meet the individual award criteria are chosen. The results of the surveys will be reported in the HFHC 2011 Menu of Change Report.
“We’re honored to receive this award from Health Care without Harm, which along with other great partners in Vermont and beyond has helped us create a model food service that supports our mission to provide the highest quality of care and to be responsible stewards of the environment,” stated Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services, from Fletcher Allen Health Care of Burlington, VT, which won first place in both the Sustainable Procurement Food Award and the Public Policy and Advocacy Award categories. “Transforming our program has been an exciting and rewarding journey for Fletcher Allen, and this recognition will serve to encourage our efforts to assist other institutions that want to follow the same path.”
Concerns about the health of patient, staff and visitors have led many health care food services to make major changes in their food procurement, preparation and nutrition. Many facilities are incorporating more healthy menus, and using fresh, sustainable ingredients, ranging from poultry raised without the use of routine, non-therapeutic antibiotics, to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Many facilities now host farmer’s markets, compost their food waste, and provide education on nutritious, sustainable foods to their food service staff, procurement agencies and suppliers.
“Hospitals are engaging with their suppliers to source more healthy sustainable food choices, and we have seen a change in many of the supplier offerings in response to hospital requests,” said Emma Sirois, Program Director, Health Care Without Harm Program, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility “Many of these hospitals have worked for years to implement these changes, and these awards are a small token to honor the tremendous work being done by health care food service staff to improve the health of the nation.”
The following are descriptions of the awards and a listing of the 2011 Sustainable Food Award winners.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROCUREMENT AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that, through their food purchasing decisions, promote health by providing sustainable food choices for patients, staff, and the community.
1st Place: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2nd Place: United General Hospital, Sedro Woolley, WA
3rd Place: John Muir Medical Center, Concord, CA
PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY AWARD
The purpose of this award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that have expressed their support for a healthy food system through their endorsement for and education and advocacy on public policy.
1st Place: Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2nd Place: Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI
3rd Place: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
FOOD CLIMATE HEALTH CONNECTION AWARD
The purpose of the Food Climate Health Connection Award is to recognize up to three leading facilities that are taking significant steps toward reducing their climate footprint.
1st Place: Carroll Hospital, Westminster, MD
2nd Place: John Muir Medical Center, Concord, CA
3rd Place: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
CLINICAL ENGAGEMENT AWARD
The Clinical Engagement Award is meant to recognize up to three leading clinical health professionals for making the critical link between our industrialized food system and public health. The award encourages innovative program development and educational outreach.
1st Place: Lisa McDowell, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
2nd Place: Tim Goltz, MD, Lincoln County Healthcare, Damariscotta, ME
3rd Place: Amy Collins, MD, MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham and Natick, MA
HCWH is an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on HCWH, see www.noharm.org. HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program works with hospitals across the country to help improve the sustainability of their food services. Founded in 2005, the program provides education, tools, resources, and support to health care facilities making the connection between the health of their patients, staff and community and the food they serve. Ultimately the program works to support hospitals in leveraging their purchasing power and health expert status to promote a healthier food system. By purchasing foods that are produced, processed and transported in ways that are protective of public and environmental health, hospitals can make a profound difference in the market and in the food settings of the people they serve. To learn more about HCWH’s Healthy Food in Health Care Program visit: www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org.
Forty-two percent of hospitals reported that they provide complementary and alternative medical services (CAM), according to a recent report by American Hospital Assocication’s Health Forum and the Samueli Institute. That number has tripled since 2000 with healthcare executives citing rising patient demand as the primary driver for offering such services, reports American Medical News.
“The reasons hospitals choose to offer CAM services is quite revealing,” states the report. “Patient demand (85 percent) is by far the primary rationale in offering these services.” Seventy percent of respondents said they find alternative medicine to be clinically effectively. Many hospitals (58 percent), including faith-based organizations, also said that caring for the “whole person” was part of their organizations’ missions.
Thirty-eight percent of surveyed adults said they have used some form of complementary and alternative therapy, according to the report. Aside from praying, the most popular methods were natural products, deep breathing, meditation, chiropractic care, massage, yoga, and diet, usually to treat back or neck pain, joint paint or stiffness, and anxiety or depression.
Insurers can save money if their members participate in a mind-body stress reduction program. At least that’s the preliminary conclusion from a recent study conducted by Aetna in which participants received complementary therapies focused on mindfulness meditation and yoga.
The mindfulness meditation-based program taught participants stress reduction techniques, effective management of work load and ways to prioritize tasks to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Participants in the therapeutic yoga-based program learned yoga postures, breathing techniques, guided relaxation and mental skills. The classes also provided coping strategies for dealing with stressful events and promoted use of home and office strategies for reducing stress through yoga. A control group of participants received no stress reduction assistance.
Read more: How mind-body program reduces stress, healthcare costs – FierceHealthPayer http://www.fiercehealthpayer.com/story/how-mind-body-connection-reduces-stress-healthcare-costs/2011-02-17#ixzz1ZqGcTzru
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