Twelve of the largest, most influential U.S. health systems, comprising over 500 hospitals with more than $20 billion in purchasing power, worked with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), the Center for Health Design and Practice Greenhealth to create HHI as a guide for hospitals to reduce energy and waste, choose safer and less toxic products, and purchase and serve healthier foods.
With these twelve founding systems as anchors, the Initiative boasted more than 1,200 enrollees and used data to drive sector performance improvement. As a comprehensive, sector-wide initiative, HHI is fully consistent with and builds upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Triple Aim—better health, better care and lower costs, and institutes frameworks and implementation tools that can be used by every health care facility in the nation.
Due to the momentum and success of the Initiative, Healthier Hospitals will transition into a free program of Practice Greenhealth in May 2015. The program will continue to use data to engage around proven environmental strategies and lead communities to a healthier future.
The six challenge areas have been reviewed, updated and refreshed and will be introduced shortly.
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