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Team Green: A Collaborative Approach to a Sustainable Healthcare Future (SPD & Supply Chain)


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[Find out more about this topic during our upcoming interview with Suzi Collins and Josh Andrade for the SPGreen Conference on June 23rd. You can watch live for free or later On-Demand by clicking here]


In a world as complex and interconnected as healthcare, the notion of isolated action no longer an option. Just as the harmony between various medical disciplines is paramount in delivering comprehensive patient care, multidisciplinary collaboration is equally critical in orchestrating a more sustainable healthcare ecosystem. To pave the way towards a greener future in healthcare, we must foster a culture of collaborative conservation, starting now.


Dedicated experts in the realm of healthcare supply chains have been delving into this concept. Their insight uncovers the vast potential of what you could call multi-disciplinary "Green Teams," that span across procurement, supply chains, and clinical areas, to foster sustainable transformation throughout healthcare organizations.


The Emergence of Green Teams


So, what exactly is a Green Team? In the healthcare setting, it denotes a multi-disciplinary coalition of professionals from various departments within a healthcare organization - predominantly from the supply chain and clinical spheres. These dynamic teams converge with a shared objective: enhancing the environmental sustainability of their organization.


By marrying diverse expertise and perspectives, Green Teams can pinpoint potential improvements that might escape the radar of individual departments. The resultant blend of insights and experiences catalyzes the formulation of comprehensive sustainability strategies that are sensitive to the unique needs and constraints of each department.


Unleashing the Potential of Collaboration


How can the fusion of different departments galvanize sustainability efforts? Here are a few domains where a cooperative approach can make a remarkable difference:


Sustainable Procurement: A collaborative approach between supply chain and clinical teams can impact procurement strategies, veering them towards sustainability. Such collaborative strategies may favor supplies with reduced packaging, lean towards reusable items rather than disposables, or prioritize products made with environmentally friendly materials.


Energy Efficiency: Clinical teams can offer in-depth insights into the actual utilization of equipment, uncovering hidden opportunities for energy savings. In partnership with supply chain teams, they can spotlight energy-intensive devices and probe into more energy-efficient alternatives.


Waste Management: Waste management stands as a cornerstone of healthcare sustainability. Clinical teams, with a thorough understanding of their daily waste generation patterns, can synergize with supply chain teams to engineer strategies for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling.


Pursuit of Excellence: Sustainability practices are not a stationary target but a moving goalpost. They demand relentless effort and pursuit of excellence. Green Teams can periodically revisit and revamp sustainability strategies, ensuring they evolve in tandem with the shifting needs of the organization and the environment.


The Road Ahead: Towards a Greener Healthcare Ecosystem


In the current era, sustainability in healthcare has transitioned from a luxury to a necessity. As our consciousness of the environment expands, so does our obligation to intervene. Collaboration emerges as a potent tool in this endeavor. By fostering inter-departmental cooperation, we can orchestrate a healthcare system that is healthier not just for patients, but for our planet as well.


Want to learn more? Make sure to join us on June 23rd for SPGreen! You can register for free here: educate.beyondclean.net/spgreen2023

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