Practice Green Health, 2019 Data

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Another year of assisting health systems with Practice Green Health awards has come to a close!

Key Green Solutions has been helping upload data to the Practice Green Health award application for years. This year, we were able to help 13 healthcare systems: Bronson, Dignity, Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess, Hackensack, Johns Hopkins, Montefiore, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Sutter, Seattle Children’s, Stanford, University of California, Veterans Affairs, and Valley Health.

Key Green Solutions is a great tool to use for applications such as Practice Green Health and the Cool Food Pledge. When you don’t have time to put together all the numbers, we step in and do it for you. We are happy to help make a time-consuming task much more manageable, and look forward to working with more healthcare– and beyond– systems in the future!

To learn more about how we can help your organization improve your sustainability initiatives and enhance your bottom line contact us at sales@keygreensolutions.com to schedule a free online software demonstration.

Key Green Solutions a Silver Friend of the 2019 CHA Assembly

Key Green Solutions was honored to be a Silver Sponsor Friend of the CHA Assembly in Dallas, TX. This was our third year as a sponsor, and it was a great experience.

Key Green Solutions with our customer CommonSpirit Health on June 10, 2019

As a sponsor, we were able to meet many great members and share our software solution designed for healthcare. Our modular based software is the leading sustainability data solution for healthcare. The modules include:

Waste

Energy/Water

Food

Purchasing

Our solution automates your data collection process to all your vendors, eliminates paper, and allows you to benchmark your facilities internally or to national Key Green benchmarks.

To learn more about how we can help your organization improve your sustainability initiatives and enhance your bottom line contact us at sales@keygreensolutions.com to schedule a free online software demonstration.

Key Green Successfully Uploads Data to Practice Greenhealth Award Application

Another Successful Year!

Key Green Solutions has not only done it again, but we have done it bigger and better than last year. This year we automatically uploaded data into the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award Application for 74 hospitals. We scrubbed through 774,834 data records to answer 4,000 questions in the Award Application. It took 5 minutes.

How? One word; Automatic. Key Green Solutions is the Gold Standard for data. We collect data directly from the vendors and upload it into our software. We receive this data monthly from the vendors and keep our Dashboard up to date, allowing hospitals to view the most accurate and current data. Our team reviews the data and clarifies any discrepancies with the vendors. This is how we export data into the PGH Award Application, all it takes is one click.

Other data upload statistics include:

• Reported over $200 million in energy costs

• Reported over 56 million pounds of recycling – our users averaged 45% recycling rate

• Reported over 1.5 million pounds of sustainable meats purchased – our users averaged 28% sustainable meat

• Reported over $4 million in local food purchases

• Reported over $9.5 million in sustainable food purchases

Key Green Solutions doesn’t just help hospitals save time and money, we help those hospitals set the standard, the standard of excellence. We would like to thank all the hospitals that relied on our team to help complete the Practice Greenhealth Award Application. It was our pleasure serving you and we look forward to next year’s upload.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for a Large Hospital” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions

Cleveland Medical Center has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for a Large Hospital” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions, the leading sustainability management software company. The award recognizes Cleveland Medical Center as the best performing large (>500 beds) hospital that is successfully measuring, setting system goals, benchmarking, and creating a culture of sustainability. Cleveland Medical Center stands out with their strong commitment to energy, waste, food, and purchasing. They achieved top 25% highest recycling, top 25% lowest in water, and top 25% lowest RMW. They were the highest performer in the following categories; Local/sustainable Food, Healthy Beverages, and Green Cleaning purchases.

The Key Green Solutions Sustainability Tracking Awards were presented in San Diego, CA at the Key Green Solutions reception on May 7, 2018

Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for a Medium Hospital” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions

Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for a Medium Hospital” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions, the leading sustainability management software company. The award recognizes St. Mary’s Medical Center as the best performing medium (100-499 beds) hospital that is successfully measuring, setting system goals, benchmarking, and creating a culture of sustainability. St. Mary’s Medical Center stands out with their strong commitment to energy and waste. They achieved top 25% highest recycling, top 25% lowest in water, top 25% lowest RMW, and top 25% lowest energy used. They were the top performer in Healthy Beverages at 65.9%.

The Key Green Solutions Sustainability Tracking Awards were presented in San Diego, CA at the Key Green Solutions reception on May 7, 2018

TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for a Small Hospital” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions

TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for a Small Hospital” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions, the leading sustainability management software company. The award recognizes TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital as the best performing small (0-99 beds) hospital that is successfully measuring, setting system goals, benchmarking, and creating and culture of sustainability. TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital stands out with their strong commitment to water. They achieved top 25% lowest in water. They also achieved top 25% in the lowest amount energy used. Bethesda Butler is the top performer in; Local/sustainable food purchases, recycling rate, and RMW rate.

The Key Green Solutions Sustainability Tracking Awards were presented in San Diego, CA at the Key Green Solutions reception on May 7, 2018

Sutter Health has been honored with the “Sustainability Tracking Award for an Emerging User” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions

Sutter Health has been honored with the “Emerging User Award” for 2017 from Key Green Solutions, the leading sustainability management software company. The award recognized Sutter Health for their engagement and commitment to improving sustainability and growing the sustainability culture at their organization.

The Key Green Solutions Sustainability Tracking Awards were presented in San Diego, CA at the Key Green Solutions reception on May 7, 2018.

Key Green Successfully Uploads Data to Practice Greenhealth Award Application

Another Successful Year!
Key Green Solutions has not only done it again, but we have done it bigger and better than last year. This year we automatically uploaded data into the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award Application for 59 hospitals. We scrubbed through 610,082 data records to answer 4,000 questions in the Award Application. It took 5 minutes.
How?
One word; Automatic. Key Green Solutions is the Gold Standard for data. We collect data directly from the vendors and upload it into our software. We receive this data monthly from the vendors and keep our Dashboard up to date, allowing hospitals to view the most accurate and current data. Our team reviews the data and clarifies any discrepancies with the vendors.
This is how we export data into the PGH Award Application, all it takes is one click.
Practice Greenhealth Key Green Solutions
Key Green Solutions doesn’t just help hospitals save time and money, we help those hospitals set the standard, the standard of excellence. We would like to thank all the hospitals that relied on our team to help complete the Practice Greenhealth Award Application. It was our pleasure serving you and we look forward to next year’s upload.

Key Green Supports Relay for Life

Key Green Solutions helped with the set-up of the Relay for Life Event in Walker, Michigan. The team was putting out signs along the track, setting up registration tent and tables, organizing t-shirts, and setting up the photo booth/arches.
Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which seeks to remember loved ones lost to cancer, honor survivors of all cancer, and raise money to help make a larger impact on the global impact of cancer.

Dignity Health's Sustainability Crusader: Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski

Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski’s connection to the environment began in childhood, where she and her four siblings spent most of their time outside in nature playing. As a four-year-old, she looked forward to 4am trips on Sunday mornings in Ohio to go morel mushroom picking in the woods with her father and older sister. These early memories shaped her appreciation of the environment which continued when she joined the Adrian Dominican Sisters and as she pursued her career teaching high school French for 20 years.
She loved working with children, and intended on making teaching in high school her lifelong career. She frequented the motherhouse in Adrian, Michigan where Caldwell Dominican Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis held a workshop entitled “The Fate of the Earth”, which detailed the impact humans have had on the environment and the inextricable connection between the health of Earth and human health. The seminar touched Sister Mary Ellen so deeply that she spent her summers off from school working on Genesis Farm, a 140-acre farm founded by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey and at other environmental centers around the country. Following those experiences, she decided to pursue her interest in the environment by getting a Master’s in Ecology.
Adrian Dominican Sister Julie Hyer, who at the time was the CEO and President of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and Sister Susan Vickers, VP Shareholder Advocacy asked Sister Mary Ellen if she might be interested in taking a position at Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) doing ecology work to make the hospitals throughout the system greener. At the time, Dignity Health had been talking about reducing waste and having a positive environmental impact. The minute Sister Mary Ellen walked through the doors of the hospital, she knew in her gut that this was where she wanted to be. It’s been twenty-one years since she made the transition into healthcare and sustainability, and her passion, enthusiasm, and hard work make her one of the most influential and respected people in the sustainability healthcare field.
Question: Sister Mary Ellen, I saw in the Dignity Health Sustainability Report that, “human kindness is the lens through which Dignity Health views our decisions and behaviors.” That is such a lovely sentiment coming from a very prominent healthcare system! Can you speak to how human kindness guides Dignity Health’s sustainability and goals?
Sister Mary Ellen: It IS a lovely sentiment! And scientific evidence confirms that kindness helps in the healing process. When we are kind to one another, we help each other heal. I believe that how we treat one another spills over into how we treat Earth and all its systems: air, water, soil, animals. It’s all connected! Humankindness is a powerful lens that helps us see those connections.
Question: I have heard and observed a very strong culture and support for sustainability goals and metrics within Dignity Health. There are a lot of organizations that struggle to get interest and support for sustainability initiatives. What insight and advice can you offer to organizations that want to have a stronger culture and commitment to sustainability?
Sister Mary Ellen: Find the people who are passionate about sustainability. Empower them to do the work that needs to be done. Collect information and hard data regarding costs and benefits of adopting (or not adopting) sustainability practices. Embed sustainability practices in systemwide policies. Keep communicating the connection between the health of the planet and the health of patients and communities you serve.
Question: What components do you attribute to the success of your organization’s sustainability goals?
Sister Mary Ellen: Support from Dignity Health leadership is key! We couldn’t continue down this sustainability path without support from our corporate and facility leadership. Other components include connecting with colleagues who are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference in the world; creating networks so that we can listen and learn from one another; celebrating our successes; being humble enough to know that don’t always have all the answers. Additionally, our collaboration with organizations such as Practice Greenhealth, other healthcare systems and our business partners have helped in the exchange of ideas and best practices.
Question: What do you view as your greatest career accomplishment and why?
Sister Mary Ellen: One of my greatest joys is building relationships and creating networks so that people feel empowered to speak out in this great and sacred work. Everyone’s gifts and talents are needed—NOW!
Question: Twenty years down the line, what would you envision for Dignity Health?
Sister Mary Ellen: I would envision us fully honoring the health of our employees, patients, and planet and that after each decision we make we ask the question: “How will this affect the planet?” I see this as important because if it’s good for the health of the planet it’s good for us!
Question: Do you have any form of mandatory training on sustainability for current employees and new hires?
Sister Mary Ellen: Each hospital offers a new employee orientation that includes a section on sustainability.
Question: That’s wonderful! Is there anything you would like to add or want our readers to know?
Sister Mary Ellen: Our partnership with Key Green Solutions and the services they provide are critical to our success and have stepped up our employee engagement. I see facilities inspiring each other through friendly and fun competition. Dominican Hospital, where I have my office, used to be number one for recycling and now Saint Francis has taken our number one spot. I need to call them and see what they’re doing because we’re coming for them!