May 1—Nearly 400 hospitals saved more than $32 million from single-use medical device reprocessing and reduced their environmental footprint in a number of ways through participation in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, according to a report released by the initiative.

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative is a national campaign to improve health, reduce the environmental impact of hospitals, and drive reduced healthcare costs. The group’s focus in 2012 was on reducing waste, engaging leaders in environmental initiatives, purchasing and serving healthier foods, improving energy efficiency, and promoting the use of safer chemicals in hospitals.

The 370 hospitals that contributed data to the initiative’s first milestone report indicated the following results: 

  • More than 50 million pounds of materials were recycled by the hospitals in 2012, while an additional 61.5 million pounds of construction and demolition waste were reused or recycled.
  • Nearly $9 million was spent by the hospitals on local/sustainable food options.
  • Almost $19 million was spent on healthier, PVC/DEHP-free medical products.

The hospitals in the data group represented hospitals of all types and sizes.

Publication Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2013