VHA Inc., the national health care network, today announced its participation in CleanMed 2014 Conference and Exposition taking place June 2-5 in Cleveland, OH. In addition to presenting and participating at the event, VHA is sponsoring closing keynote speaker Rebecca Onie, chief executive officer of Health Leads.
“VHA is deeply committed to sustainability in our own company and through helping member health care institutions nationwide develop and implement initiatives to lessen their own environmental impact,” said Terri Scannell, VHA director of corporate citizenship and sustainability. “Having participated in CleanMed’s annual event for several years, we are excited to speak on a panel and see so many of our members presenting this year.”
Scannell will be part of the panel discussion “Reporting as a Management Tool: GRI and SASB” about the benefit of reporting tools that connect sustainability with broader business goals. In addition, Linda Tonge, VHA director of knowledge and blueprint practices will be a presenter for the “Leadership Characteristics in Highly Sustainable Organizations” panel session. VHA member hospitals who are presenting on sustainability practices include:
- Providence Southwest Washington Region
- Gunderson Health System
- Lehigh Valley Health Network
- Partners HealthCare
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
- Baptist Health South Florida
- Ridgeview Medical Center
- Palomar Health
“VHA is also pleased to sponsor CleanMed’s closing keynote speaker Rebecca Onie,” said Scannell. “Onie’s vision for empowering frontline clinicians to prescribe healthy food and other fundamental necessities to relieve poverty-related health issues and the work she is doing in partnership with hospitals to achieve social change is inspiring.”
Founded by Onie as a college sophomore in in 1996, Health Leads seeks to address all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of their care. She has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and was named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.
VHA’s commitment to sustainability includes:
- Its ongoing collaboration with Healthier Hospitals Initiative, CleanMed, Practice Greenhealth and the American Hospital Association to develop a Sustainability Roadmap and educate industry leaders and clinicians on the increasing importance of sustainable practices in health care
- Creating “Greening the OR” Blueprint and other tools that help member health care organizations understand and improve their environmental impact
- Environmentally focused contracting with Novation that reduced 3.1 million pounds of medical waste, saving an estimated $66.1.1 million on medical devices as well as additional saving $935k in lower waste cost in 2013.
- Recognizing its member hospitals and health systems for outstanding leadership, creativity and work in sustainability with its Sustainability Excellence Leadership awards.
VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations working together to improve performance and efficiency in clinical, financial and operational management. Since 1977, when VHA established the first hospital membership organization, the company has applied its knowledge in analytics, contracting, consulting and network development to help members and customers achieve their strategic objectives. In 2013, VHA delivered $2.2 billion in savings and additional value to members. Serving 5,000 health system members and affiliates, VHA represents more than a quarter of the nation's hospitals. VHA also serves more than 118,000 non-acute health care customers enterprise-wide. VHA is based in Irving, Texas, and has 11 regional offices across the U.S. VHA, together with UHC, owns Novation, a supply chain company, and aptitude® , the health care industry's first online direct contracting market. VHA also owns Provista, a supply chain company serving the non-acute market as well as government, education and business. For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).