Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Our Commitment to the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI)

Healthier Hospitals InitiativeUniversity Hospitals is a proud participant in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national, three-year quality initiative designed to help health care organizations commit to and track sustainability-related outcomes in well-defined “challenge areas.” The six HHI challenge areas include Less Waste, Safer Chemicals, Leaner Energy, Smarter Purchasing, Healthier Foods and Engaged Leadership. As these HHI challenge areas correspond with priorities defined internally at the inception of our sustainability program in 2010, all major UH medical centers participate in the initiative. With the exception of Engaged Leadership, each HHI challenge area includes three levels of commitment, each of which represents a quantifiable goal related to energy efficiency, waste reduction, or purchasing. During 2013, our first year actively tracking data for the HHI, we collaborated with approximately 50 individuals from across our health system and scheduled regular monthly or quarterly meetings to track our baseline progress, receive updates from external vendors, and generally improve the tracking and reporting process. Overall, in 2013 we established the Healthier Hospitals Initiative as a key driver for our sustainability efforts, which is reflected in this report.

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.