Gundersen featured at White House summit

Gundersen Health System once again stands upon a national stage to educate others on innovative sustainability and environmental program leadership for better public health.GHS featured at White House Summit

(L-R) Kyle Tafuri, sustainability coordinator at The Deidre Imus Environmental Health Center, Hackensack University Medical Center; Gary Cohen, president/ founder of Health Care Without Harm; Rachelle Wenger, director of public policy and community advocacy, Dignity Health; Seema Wadhwa, assistant vice president of sustainability and wellness, Inova Health System; and Gundersen CEO Jeff Thompson, MD.

Jeff Thompson, MD, CEO, joined health and medical leaders, academics and other stakeholders at the White House Summit on Climate Change and Health June 23. The discussion focused “on the impacts of climate change and underscoring the important role the public health community can play in communicating and preventing these impacts.”

“By deeply following our mission of ‘health and well-being for our communities,’ healthcare can be the catalytic inspiration that proves we can simultaneously improve health, the environment, and the economy,” Dr. Thompson told the attendees of a summit breakout session on healthcare resiliency.

The first health system in the United States to achieve energy independence, Gundersen is a model for health systems nationwide. Through Gundersen Envision, the organization’s environmental program, and work with the Healthier Hospitals Initiative and Health Care Without Harm, Gundersen will continue to provide leadership and innovation for the ultimate goal of better health and a better environment for patients, their families and the communities it serves.

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