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Novation Champions Reusable Packaging for Sustainability in Healthcare
Date:10/31/2012

IRVING, Texas, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista LLC, is proud to announce that it is working with healthcare sustainability leaders to reduce excess packaging and cardboard in America's hospitals. The effort focuses on replacing limited-life transport packaging materials—such as cardboard boxes, wood pallets and plastic film—with durable, reusable alternatives. To help its members with this transition, Novation is working closely with Practice Greenhealth and the Use Reusables campaign (www.UseReusables.com), a joint project of public agency StopWaste.Org and the Reusable Packaging Association (Reusables.org), with financial support from U.S. EPA's Climate Showcase Community program.

Novation's goals with this initiative include: 

  1. helping hospitals implement and sustain reusable transport packaging alternatives in both distributed and direct-from-supplier supplies, where feasible;
  2. helping hospitals identify and overcome common roadblocks with suppliers in their effort to introduce reusables;
  3. developing a toolkit for use by all hospitals interested in implementing reusable transport packaging with their distributors and suppliers; and
  4. bringing awareness to the benefits and applicability of reusable transport packaging opportunities.

"We have launched pilot programs with several hospital members we serve, and are optimistic that we will see adoption and success," said Jennifer Waddell, RN, senior clinical manager at Novation. "A shift to reusable transport packaging is possible but requires collaboration between the hospital and the distributor or supplier.  When hospitals push for reusable packaging, suppliers a
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