11/23/2010 // Riverdale, NJ, USA // Camfil // Lynne Laake // (press release)
For a long time, the benefits of hospital sustainability were largely anecdotal. Every hospital and healthcare administrator knew, for example, that if you used an air filter that lasted longer or used less energy, that should be good for the environment and for the budget. But as sustainability efforts grow, more and more of the payback is becoming measurable — and the results are compelling.
Some examples were recently reported by Practice Greenhouse, an organization dedicated to sustainability in healthcare, as it announced the launch of a groundbreaking study to investigate and document the impact of sustainability best practices. These real-world cases include:
— A hospital network that implemented system-wide conservation practices, reducing water use 20 to 30 percent within its facilities — translating to an annual savings of around $100,000 for some of the hospitals.
— Another healthcare network that launched a medical device reprocessing program in 2009 — and saved $30 million.
— A U.S. hospital that reported a drop in workers’ compensation claims after it launched a ‘green-cleaning’ program, using safer, environmentally responsible products.
— A study that looked at 17 ‘green’ hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S. and found that they had an easier time recruiting and retaining staff than more ‘traditional’ facilities.
And this is just for starters. Indeed, hospitals that have embraced Camfil clean air solutions have seen measurable benefits themselves. The innovative air filters — designed from the ground up for sustainability — have enabled the hospitals and other healthcare facilities to reduce their HVAC energy use by 15 to 30 percent. Considering that a hospital’s HVAC system — necessary to keep the air free of harmful particles that can spread infection among patients and staff — is a major contributor to its energy bill, those savings can be significant, and a compelling reason to go green.
Yet greater energy efficiency — made possible by the design of the Camfil air filters, which use fine fiber media to enable peak performance throughout the product’s lifecycle — isn’t the only benefit. Because Camfil filter efficiencies don’t degrade over time — as traditional air filters do — and can be replaced less often, waste and disposal costs are reduced. In the end, the environment wins, he budget wins, and most importantly, patients win.
That’s not anecdotal evidence, either. It’s real. It’s the future of hospitals and the healthcare industry. And it’s all good.
The world leader in air filtration systems and clean air solutions — for health care and other industries — Camfil provides the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections; all while lowering total cost of ownership. We’ve helped hospitals, office buildings, hotels, and other facilities go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information on hospital sustainability and how it can benefit your ROI, visit our newsroom at http://breakingnews.green-air-filters.com, read about the Clean Air Solutions Company at http://green-air-filters.com, or call us at (toll free) 888.599.6620.
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