Sustainability Initiative

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Select a health care setting you want to focus on for your sustainability initiative (e.g., local hospital, veterans hospital, ambulance service, urgent care, nursing home, etc.).

Analyze the setting you have selected and break it down to the main departments, employee roles, operating activities, etc. While doing so, brainstorm opportunities to reduce costs or eliminate waste while improving patient care or outcomes.

Review the list of sustainable initiatives from the list below, and select one that you want to promote for your course project:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Lighting
  • IR scanning
  • Cogeneration
  • Kanban Inventory
  • Device exchange
  • CR pack reformation
  • Device reprocessing
  • Red bag waste reduction
  • Blue wrap recycling

Note: Ensure that the opportunity you select correlates with the setting you select. Additionally, if you want to complete a sustainable initiative that is not on the list, obtain approval from your instructor before completing the assignment.

Identify data sources you might need to collect and analyze for your initiative. Consider contacting people in the industry and at your organization who may be able to help.

Write a 525- to 700-word proposal of the sustainability initiative you want to promote at the health care setting you selected. Your proposal should:

  • Create a clear vision or mission statement that defines the scope of the initiative and would generate buy-in.
  • Define what outcomes you expect to achieve over time.
  • Be specific with what you can realistically deliver.

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