As a leader and innovator in the field of healthcare sustainability, Inova Health System is committed to sharing information about how sustainability principles are being integrated into its operations and culture.  Inova is proud to announce the release of its third annual Sustainability Report Making an Impact for the Future.  In it, the report describes such important sustainability initiatives like reprocessing:

 

 

Inova’s single-use device reprocessing program helped keep over 20,000 pounds of waste out of the landfill in 2012.  It also helped Inova save millions of dollars, which we were then able to reinvest in improving patient care.

In response to the question “What is the physician’s role in making healthcare more sustainable,” Dr. Ray Gupta, one of Inova’s Sustainability Champions described:

“There are tremendous cost savings that are involved in this type of program.  Not only is it better for the environment, it’s better for the bottom line.   Recycling, the reprocessing of waste, reducing energy use – these all translate to the bottom line.”

Each team member’s actions while at work are key in deciding the outcomes of efforts such as recycling, regulated medical waste (RMW) reduction and single-use device reprocessing.

Read the full report here