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The Greening Health Care Book

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The landscape of health care is changing and hospitals are changing with it. As we settle into an age of health care reform in the United States, the focus on high-quality, affordable care is more important than ever before. Hospitals are grappling with an influx of new patients, many of whom are disproportionately older and sicker and are reliant on greater financial support for their care.

At the same time, our planet is going through tremendous environmental challenges that are affecting the health of ordinary citizens all over the world. Energy demands, toxic chemicals, water shortages, excessive waste and unsustainable food production systems are taking a toll on the earth’s land, air and water and having an unprecedented effect on our climate. The health risks posed by these environmental issues call out for a response

In Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet, author Kathy Gerwig examines the intersection between health care and environmental stewardship arguing that hospitals can and should play a critical role in supporting the health the planet.

Read excerpts from Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet.


Greening Health Care infographic

The Greening Health Care infographic illustrates the impact hospitals have on the environment. View full infographic »

All proceeds from the sale of Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet will go to Health Care Without HarmVisit Oxford University Press to learn more about the book and purchase a copy. Electronic and print copies of the book are also available on Amazon.

Kathy Gerwig is the vice president of Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer at Kaiser Permanente. She is the author of Greening Health Care. Learn more about Kathy Gerwig.

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