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Environment

If it's good for the planet, it's good for the patient


It’s no coincidence that the word ecology derives from the Greek oikos, meaning home. Our planet is our home, and we must cherish its many gifts—energy, water, material, land.

 

As health care providers, we also recognize the interdependence between human health and our environment and believe in the caring stewardship of a renewable Earth for the enhancement of all life.

Global warming and the pollution of our air, water, and soil are pervasive problems. What we do to preserve our planet today affects our health and well-being now and that of our children and grandchildren in the future. 

We incorporate environmental principles into the work we do every day—designing efficient buildings, conserving water, reducing waste, eliminating hazardous chemicals, tracking greenhouse gases, advocating for change, and even in the nourishment of our own bodies.

What We're Doing
You can learn more about Dignity Health’s commitment to sustainability and the critical issues confronting our nation and our planet by reading our Social Responsibility Report.

Click here to download the full FY 2013 report.
Click here to download the FY 2013 summary report.

  • Mercury Free Hospitals: Since 2001 our hospitals have been virtually mercury free, and our hospitals have organized thermometer exchange programs in their communities to help remove this toxic substance from the waste stream.
  • Water Saver Devices: We have installed water-saver devices to wet film processors at our hospitals, and have introduced digital X-ray technology at many of our facilities. This effort is saving more than 100,000 gallons of water per processor per year.
  • PVC/DEHP-Free Products: In 2005, we transitioned to PVC/DEHP-free intravenous bags, solutions, and tubing. Dignity Health is the first major integrated delivery network to take such a strong position on the use of PVC/DEHP-free products. With this effort we are eliminating approximately 840 tons of this toxic material from both the patient care setting and the waste stream.  
  • Sustainable Design: Our hospitals have been undergoing a series of energy retrofits. At St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, for example, the retrofit is saving electricity sufficient to power approximately 400 homes, natural gas to heat 1,000 homes and water sufficient for 320 four-person households.
  • California Climate Action Registry: Dignity Health was the first hospital system in the state to join the California Climate Action Registry and commit to voluntarily measure and report all emissions of greenhouse gases. 
  • Healthcare Without Harm: This international coalition is working to reform the environmental and public health practices of the health care industry. We partner with the organization on educational conferences and advocacy initiatives focused on reducing the volume and toxicity of waste.
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The Story of Stuff

A 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It'll make you laugh, it’ll make you think, and it just may change the way you look at your stuff—forever.

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