5 Statistics on Sustainable Hospital Supply Savings

This week, Healthier Hospitals Initiative released its first annual report, and its 370 member hospitals not only reduced their environmental footprint and improved patient health — but also saved significant amounts of money.

One of HHI's six areas of focus was smarter purchasing. The group, which was founded in April 2012 by Gary Cohen, encouraged hospitals and health systems to purchase medical supplies that use less energy, release fewer hazardous materials and are generally better for patients and the environment.

Here are five statistics HHI found through its smarter purchasing challenge.

Single-use device reprocessing
2012: $32.1 million in savings
2011: $20.9 million in savings
2010: $4.3 million in savings

Surgical kit reformulation
2012: $225,485 in savings
2010: $46,038 in savings
*2011 not reported

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