Greening the Cleaning Process

Source: Healthcare Purchasing News

HPN’s Susan Cantrell discusses Broward Health’s achievements in healthcare sustainability.

An award-winning example of a healthcare facility with sustainability as its mission is Broward Health, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

At Broward Health, it was recognized that good environmental stewardship does not end with them. They saw the need to extend their environmentally preferred and sustainable procurement practices to their vendors and business partners. “Broward Health requires vendors responding to all formal bids to provide information on their company’s green policy and, when feasible, will support these companies’ products and services, as long as existing sourcing practices and patient care is not compromised,” explained [Brian] Bravo [CMRP, Corporate Procurement Officer and Director of Materials Management].

Their efforts have been rewarded… “From 2012 through 2014, Broward Health has been able to divert 6,322,690 pounds of waste from landfills and saved $3,366,113 within its top three green Initiatives: reprocessing of single-use devices (SUDs), operating room (OR) waste reduction, and integrated waste-stream solution (IWSS) programs.”

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