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Gundersen Lutheran's CEO speaks at White House Event

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Dr. Jeff Thompson,CEO Dr. Jeff Thompson,CEO

WASHINGTON D.C. (WXOW)-- Gundersen Lutheran's CEO, Jeff Thompson, MD, discussed Greening America's Hospitals at a White House Event on Tuesday.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality hosted the top Administration officials, hospital administrators and policy experts for a discussion.

The group hopes to encourage increasing sustainability efforts in hospitals and spotlight the linkages between environmental sustainability and economic profitability.

Dr. Thompson said Gundersen Lutheran is saving thousands on energy, waste and water bills by creating a safer and healthier atmosphere for patients and hospital employees.

He highlighted the wind turbine project in Cashton and the partnership with the La Crosse County Landfill to recycle methane gas.

Here are some of the reasons why they host the event:

Hospitals have enormous potential for incorporating innovative and efficient design into their business models. HHI is helping hospitals achieve lower costs and better patient care by challenging them to improve operations in six areas:

  • Engaged Leadership Challenge: engage in leadership on environmental health and sustainability
  • Healthier Food Challenge: serve healthier foods and beverages
  • Leaner Energy Challenge: reduce energy use
  • Less Waste Challenge: reduce waste and recycle
  • Safer Chemicals Challenge: use safer chemicals
  • Smarter Purchasing Challenge: purchase environmentally preferable products

 As a result of these efforts, more than 500 hospitals have taken steps to improve the environment in which people live, work and receive care.

 

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