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Green And Greener,Survey Shows Hospitals Embrace Environmentally Sustainable Practices, Though Room for Improvement Remains
Date:6/24/2010

America’s hospitals increasingly are going green, but these days it’s about more than just being good environmental stewards. In fact, nearly four out of five (79 percent) hospitals surveyed cited cost savings as the top reason their facilities are committed to environmentally sustainable operations. These are among the key findings of the 2010 Health Care Sustainable Operations Survey conducted in March and April by Health Facilities Management magazine, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES).

Chicago (Vocus) -- America’s hospitals increasingly are going green, but these days it’s about more than just being good environmental stewards. In fact, nearly four out of five (79 percent) hospitals surveyed cited cost savings as the top reason their facilities are committed to environmentally sustainable operations. Meanwhile, more than three out of four health care facilities say they’re going green to improve the quality of the indoor environment for staff, patients and families, while 71 percent say environmentally sustainable operations fit with their hospital’s mission.

These are among the key findings of the 2010 Health Care Sustainable Operations Survey. Conducted in March and April by Health Facilities Management magazine, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), the online survey assessed core areas of hospital operations, including energy, water, waste and cleaning. All three organizations are affiliated with the American Hospital Association.

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