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:
Greening the Operating Suites
EPP (Environmentally Preferred Purchasing)
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
Franciscan in Administration
Sister Nancy Linenkugel is the current Congregational Minister for the Sylvania Franciscans. She has served in healthcare administration, education and leadership for the congregation. From 2011-2020 Sister Nancy served as the Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration and Director of the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and was the first program alumna to serve in that position. She 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. She is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on its national board. Sister Nancy was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999. She is an accomplished cello player and a member of the Washington D.C.-based Medical Musical Group, made up of doctors, nurses and medical professionals from around the country, and also recently completed service as president of the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra. She is a Toledo, Ohio native and a liturgical musician.