Our commitment to sustainability is more than just a program of green purchasing policies. We are aligned with our members’ mission to reduce waste, energy and water consumption and increase recycling in healthcare.

HealthTrust has always been dedicated to ecological responsibility. One of the forerunners of our formal sustainability program is our longstanding commitment to the advancement of reprocessing/remanufacturing of medical devices.

Our program touches on many dimensions of social responsibility, including facilities management, environmental purchasing, waste management, clean energy and chemicals management. As an active member of Practice Greenhealth, HealthTrust supports the development of environmental solutions in the healthcare sector that create better, safer, greener workplaces and communities. We participate in initiatives led by Health Care Without Harm and other environmental interest groups.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

At the heart of HealthTrust’s sustainability initiative is our Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program, which identifies key product or service attributes that may have an impact on the environment and on human health.

HealthTrust developed a member-led Environmental Sustainability Network to review related EPP questions as part of the supplier RFP process. Potential supplier responses are reviewed for feedback and sustainability-related attributes. This information is shared with the advisory boards during the HealthTrust contract strategy process.

In 2016, HealthTrust’s Sustainability program received its seventh Champion for Change award from Practice Greenhealth during its international CleanMed conference.

HealthTrust’s definition of “new technology” is classified as a product that, as compared to existing products and as demonstrated in an independent, peer-reviewed publication(s):

  • Offers significant technological advancements,
  • Significantly improves clinical outcomes or patient care (i.e., documented reduction in procedure times, outcomes, lengths of stay, readmissions, infection rates), or
  • Significantly streamlines work processes and/or the economics of facility operations (i.e., increase or decrease expenses in supply chain or resource utilization).

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