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By Sister Nancy Linenkugel, OSF

All around us there’s plenty of opportunity out there for organizational leaders to get serious about sustainability.  When it comes to healthcare, consider this list of top ten factors in hospitals related to sustainability:

  1. Engaged leadership
  2. Reduced waste
  3. Chemicals
  4. Greening the Operating Suites
  5. Healthy food
  6. EPP (Environmentally Preferred Purchasing)
  7. Energy
  8. Water
  9. Climate
  10. Greening the Building

How many healthcare organizations already do the above?  Not known, but the number’s growing.

How many healthcare organizations know they should do the above but don’t?  Not known, but probably most.

How many healthcare organizations could do a better job with sustainability?  Probably all of them.

The three “p’s” of sustainability are:  people, profit, and planet.  Wouldn’t it be great someday if there is no longer any need for a sustainability director or coordinator having to remind the rest of us how to ensure a sustainable enterprise?  If we all get serious and integrate sustainability into our daily lives, sustainability will become second nature.  In a real sense, coordinator folks will work themselves out of a job and all of us will work into it.

Sister Nancy Linenkugel

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Sister Nancy LinenkugelSister Nancy Linenkugel has served in healthcare administration, education and leadership for the Sylvania Franciscans.  She is an accomplished cello player and a member of the Washington D.C.-based Medical Music Group, made up of doctors, nurses and medical professionals from around the country.  Sister Nancy is currently the chair of the department of health service administration and director of the graduate program in health services administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati.  She has served on the Sylvania Franciscan Leadership Team, was president of Chatfield College in Cincinnati, president and CEO of the Providence Health System and Providence Hospital in Sandusky, Ohio, and vice president of St. John Medical Center in Steubenville, Ohio.

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