Hahnemann observes 40th Anniversary of Earth Day; Continues on-going ‘Green’ Initiatives 
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 
Hahnemann University Hospital joined hundreds of other hospitals nationwide this year in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. As a major healthcare facility, Hahnemann is presented with both a challenge and an opportunity to develop and implement sustainable designs, work practices, and operational procedures that can benefit the safety of our employees, patients, and community.

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:

Energy Conservation

  • Through the installation of new higher efficiency fixtures, motion detection light switches, and user awareness, Hahnemann has been able to consistently decrease electricity usage over the past four years; reducing our annual usage by more than 2 million kilowatt hours from 2006 to 2009.
  • In 2007, 2008 and 2009, three energy efficient water heaters were installed in the main hospital buildings and the New College Building. The Easiheat Exchangers are designed to instantaneously heat the water on demand as opposed to storing large quantities at high temperatures 24/7. Estimated annual savings is approximately $27,000 per unit.
  • In 2008, an efficient waterless air compressor was installed in the main hospital building.  It is estimated that the new Med compressor has reduced water usage by approximately 10 million gallons of water per year and an electrical savings between $35,000 to $45,000 per year.
  • In 2009, an efficient waterless vacuum pump was installed in the New College building. The new pump now supports an adjacent building. When combined, it is estimated that the new pump has reduced water usage by approximate 12.6 million gallons of water per year and created electrical savings of $15,000 to $17,000 per year.

Recycling Programs

  • Partnering with Crothall, Hahnemann’s Environmental Services contractor, Hahnemann has implemented a successful recycling program throughout the campus. Recycling totals for 2009 included:
    • 352,462 pounds of paper
    • 324,254 pounds of cardboard
    • 375,058 pounds of co-mingled recyclables

Other Initiatives

  • Environmental Services utilizes green cleaning supplies daily in the course of their duties
  • Sodexo, Hahnemann’s Food & Nutrition contractor, used post-consumer recycled products when redecorating the new cafeteria
  • The Emergency Department converted to MedHost with all electronic patient records significantly reducing paper usage
  • Several hospital committees have gone paperless and now email meeting packages to their members and present information on overhead projectors in lieu of printing out hard copies for all members
  • The Forms Committee has been reviewing usage and have actively reduced the volume of forms held in inventory
  • Departments are provided with water coolers and no longer need to order bottled water

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 green.hahnemann@tenethealth.com.

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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