Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet

Paperback | July 30, 2014

byKathy Gerwig

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The relationship between hospitals and the environment is defined by a glaring contradiction: as health care facilities deliver care at any cost, their environmental footprint - pollution, waste production, unsustainable food services - contributes to harming community health. Greening Health Care examines the intersections of health care and environmental health, both in terms of traditional failures and the revolution underway to fix them. Authored by one of the pioneers in health care's green movement, it presents practical solutions for health care organizations andclinicians to improve their environments and the health of their communities. Topics include: making food services sustainable, managing hospital waste, and relevant impacts/mitigating measures related to climate change. As environmental protection grows into an imperative for all aspects of society, Greening Health Care offers an historical and practical approach to sustainable health care delivery.

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The relationship between hospitals and the environment is defined by a glaring contradiction: as health care facilities deliver care at any cost, their environmental footprint - pollution, waste production, unsustainable food services - contributes to harming community health. Greening Health Care examines the intersections of health c...

Kathy Gerwig is Vice President of Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America's leading not-for-profit providers of health care. Ms. Gerwig is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization, and under h...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199385831

ISBN - 13:9780199385836

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbout the Author1. Launching a Green Revolution in Health Care2. The Health Implications of Climate Change3. The Business Case for Total Health4. Food for Health5. Managing and Minimizing Hospital Waste6. Green Chemicals and the Detoxing of Health Care7. Environmentally Preferable Purchasing: What We Buy Matters8. Greening the Built Health Care Environment9. Measuring and Reporting: Sustainability Gets Sophisticated10. Community Benefit and the Determinants of Health