Hospital goes green, saves moneyMore companies are beginning to go green these days in an effort to save money and sustain the environment. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston recently jumped on board the eco-friendly bandwagon.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a teaching hospital at Harvard University Medical School that employs 9,000 staff members and has a million square feet of office space.

“It’s not hard because I work with a lot of people who want to do the right thing, but it is hard because you are changing how things are done at a hospital, and hospitals are all about patient care,” said Amy Lipman, environmental sustainability coordinator at the hospital. “So everything needs to be scrutinized, and for the right reasons.”

The hospital has thrown out more than 15.7 pounds of material per patient per day until Lipman was hired to head the sustainability program, leading to cost savings at the hospital and more eco-friendly practices.

Coshocton Hospital in Ohio also recently saved money in a deal that acquired 14 city lots for the hospital, which is expected to strengthen its financial future.
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