The operations of the facility present Hahnemann with opportunities for improvement in energy and water use, chemical and hazardous materials use and waste disposal, infection control limitations, and municipal waste control. To assist in managing these opportunities, Hahnemann’s Environment of Care Committee formed the Leadership in Sustainability Work Group. This group of individuals meets to review current practices in the facility and explore opportunities to improve our sustainability.
The mission of the Leadership in Sustainability Work Group is “To protect and enhance individual and community health through environmental sustainability practices.”
In the development of guidelines to meet this mission, Hahnemann has adopted three principles from the Green Guide for Healthcare:
o Protecting the immediate health of building occupants
o Protecting the health of the surrounding community
o Protecting the health of the global community and natural resources
Through sustainability projects over the past years, Hahnemann is pleased to present the following accomplishments:
The Leadership in Sustainability Work Group is currently working on implementing more projects in 2010 to reduce waste and indentify opportunities to use of eco-friendly products when possible.
Employees have been encouraged to participate in sustainability efforts for the facility and our community. If any employee would like to make a suggestion to the Work Group in regards to a new opportunity or would like to participate in a project, they can email the Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Hahnemann University Hospital
Hahnemann University Hospital is a 496-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. In 2009, Hahnemann earned Magnet® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Hahnemann is recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in coronary artery disease and heart failure treatments. The hospital performed one of the city’s first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976. Hahnemann became Philadelphia’s first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families. Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit www.hahnemannhospital.com
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