What do roof shingles, intravenous tubing, floor cleaners and heart catheters have in common? They’re all necessary to run a hospital. The wide array of products needed in the healthcare setting, coupled with pressure on healthcare systems to meet the demands of an aging population and increases in chronic disease, have driven hospital purchasing to more than $200 billion annually on medical and non-medical products. Hospitals are expensive to operate — and just as taxing on the environment. Sustainability-focused investments can help reduce these expenses, yet many healthcare professionals wonder: What is the true value of sustainability?

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