Practice Greenhealth reports, in The Greenbeat Blog, that reducing waste through procurement is a priority for many health care organizations. The Blog points out that Virginia Mason Medical Center saved more than 13,000 pounds of waste in one year through a single use medical device reprocessing program. The example of the cost saving benefit of reprocessing is one of several methods used by hospitals included in “How 5 hospitals set environmental purchasing priorities and saved millions”.

The blog recommends that organizations set priorities in order to focus on the highest value opportunities to drive sustainable development. To read more about the social, environmental and operational opportunities for cost savings, click here.