February 28, 2005

Hospital group launches Green Health Care program

A new educational initiative launched by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) seeks to keep Ontario hospitals ecologically sustainable by informing them about the benefits of maintaining optimal environmental conditions within their facilities.

"The OHA has long-recognized the importance of remaining environmentally responsible," said OHA president and CEO Hilary Short. "With the launch of the OHA's Green Health Care Initiative, we are ensuring that hospitals have the tools and resources they need to begin Green Health Care programs of their own, and become more informed about environmental issues within their facilities.

Managed by the OHA and supported by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the Green Health Care initiative will provide Ontario hospitals information, tools and resources through a "Green Health Care Guide" which will enable organizations to effectively manage environmental issues such as waste, air emissions, water conservation and energy efficiency. The OHA's Green Health Care Guide was released at the OHA's February 23 Green Health Care conference, "Green Health Care: Building the Foundations of an Environmental Strategy." The event marked the official launch of the initiative.

"Given the fiscal challenges currently facing the health care system, it is important for our hospitals to continually enhance levels of efficiency within their facilities," said Short. "Investing in Green Health Care programs can mean increased savings in environmental management - ultimately translating into funds that may be spent elsewhere in the hospital."

The Green Health Care Initiative was created out of the OHA's established Energy Efficiency program. It builds on the success of the "Green Lane" and Green Health Care educational session held to promote hospital best practices in green initiatives, as part of this past year's OHA Annual Convention and Exhibition, OHA HealthAchieve2004.

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