Environmental sustainability is an important initiative for health systems, especially because the industry is one of the most carbon-intensive service sectors in the world.

There are multiple opportunities for health systems to improve sustainability, since carbon emissions arise from healthcare facilities themselves as well as their supply chains.By working closely with suppliers, hospitals and health systems can lessen their environmental impact, which not only helps the planet but also saves costs, explained Meg McClanahan, senior global portfolio manager of Sustainable TechnologiesTM, a Cardinal Health business.

Here, Ms. McClanahan explains why health systems should prioritize environmental sustainability programs, describes key actions health systems can take to drive sustainability and describes how supply chain sustainability and medical device reprocessing can benefit providers, patients and the planet. . .

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