Big trends around local, sustainable food and healthier beverages top the figures released recently in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) 2013 Milestone Report released Aug. 6, 2014.

Launched in April 2012, HHI is a national campaign to promote a more sustainable business model for health care while addressing the health and environmental impacts of the industry.

“Hospitals nationwide are transforming their purchasing practices to avoid toxic chemicals, buy healthier food and beverages and become energy efficient and less wasteful,” says Gary Cohen, president of Health Care Without Harm and founder of HHI. “Clear trends have emerged, and innovative hospitals are implementing strategies to reduce costs, improve their environmental performance and support broader environmental health goals”… More than $45 million was saved as a result of single-use device reprocessing, a 33 percent increase in 2012…

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