May 2013

Franciscan Health System Represents CHI in Healthier Hospitals Milestone Report


Franciscan Health System (FHS), Tacoma, WA, is one of 25 success stories in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s (HHI) 2012 Milestone Report.

Launched in April 2012, HHI is a national campaign to improve health of patients, staff, and the community; reduce the health care sector’s environmental impact; and experience considerable fiscal savings that reduce the overall national health care costs through better public health. CHI is one of HHI’s sponsoring health systems.

The success stories in the report represent hospitals of varying sizes and geographic locations. The FHS story focuses on the rollout of CHI’s reprocessing program for single-use medical devices.

The data HHI has collected from member hospitals also shows:

  • More than 50 million pounds of materials recycled, plus an additional 61.5 million pounds of construction and demolition waste kept out of landfills through reuse and recycling.
  • About $32 million in savings resulting from single-use medical device reprocessing.
  • Nearly $9 million spent on local/sustainable food products.
  • Almost $19 million spent on healthier, PVC/DEHP-free medical products.

Overall, HHI's Milestone Report shows that the 370 hospitals that participate in the Healthier Hospital Initiative have reduced their environmental footprints, lowered costs and improved patient health by incorporating sustainability initiatives into their business models.