It’s no secret: Gundersen Health System is a healthcare leader when it comes to sustainability programs that protect our patients and the environment. While others are just scratching the surface, Gundersen has achieved energy independence and is teaching others how to lower costs while improving the health of patients and communities.
This education extends to Gundersen’s commitment to the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, an international initiative from Health Care Without Harm’s Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network. Nine leading healthcare organizations have pledged to protect public health through environmental action leading up to a United Nations conference on the environment this December in Paris.
“It is our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve, which includes taking action to improve and protect our environment, reduce our waste and lower our costs,” says Jeff Thompson, MD, CEO of Gundersen. “Not every healthcare organization makes this a priority, but we are showing it is possible to provide exceptional patient care and exceptional care for the environment.”
Along with Gundersen, initial participants in the 2020 Challenge include Kaiser Permanente, Counties Manukau Health (New Zealand), Hospital Albert Einstein and Hospital Sirio Libanes (Brazil), NHS Sustainable Development Unit (England), Virginia Mason Health System (USA), Western Cape Health System (South Africa), and Yonsei University Health System (South Korea).
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