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Metro Health Promotes Sustainability Efforts at Michigan Green Health Care Conference

Members of Michigan’s health care sector will meet in Traverse City Oct. 4 and 5 for the 2011 Michigan Green Health Care Conference, sponsored by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The conference is taking place at Traverse City’s Park Place Hotel, a hotel certified as a Green Lodging facility by the state of Michigan. In addition, Munson Medical Center will host a tour to showcase its green initiatives, as well as a Healthy Food Hospitals Roundtable discussion. The conference will promote ideas for how medical facilities can reduce their ecological footprints and includes a presentation on how energy efficiency, a senior leadership panel providing its perspectives on sustainability, and a keynote presentation on creating healthier hospitals in the midst of health care reform from Health Care Without Harm Founder Gary Cohen.

"With several years of sustainable practices under our belts already, Metro Health is a leader in greening healthcare," says Allison Waske, Metro Health’s sustainability officer. "We are pleased that Mike Faas, our president and CEO, will speak at the conference sharing Metro’s sustainability story with other hospital executives."

The conference is designed for those in Michigan’s health care sector – particularly sustainability officers, dietitians, nurses and inviduals with engineering facilities and environmental services departments, along with anyone who has a passion for implementing green initiatives at their facility.

"The Michigan Green Health Care Conference is a vital opportunity for hospital leaders, staff and clinicians to discuss environmental sustainability," said MHA President Spencer Johnson. "A cleaner environment is critical to improved community health and the MHA is proud to have sponosored the conference annually since it began in 2008."

In addition to addressing issues of general environmental sustainability, the conference offers seminars addressing healthy and eco-friendly food options in hosptials, a continuation of the MHA’s Healthy Food Hospitals program announced last May.

"Michigan’s environmental and public health are two of the most important issues in Michigan," said DEQ Director Dan Wyant. "The Michigan Green Health Care Conference is a platform for health care workers throughout the state to promote both of these topics."


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