How are hospitals going green?

Author's Note

I don't imagine that anyone actually enjoys a hospital stay, but some people have an almost visceral aversion to hospitals. I'm one of those people. My feelings are based on one particularly bad experience, which luckily for me, turned out OK. But it left me feeling suspicious of hospitals in general. The move toward "going green" in healthcare settings may be helping to change that suspicion. That's because these trends are not only ecologically sound, they make sense on a lot of other levels. Generally speaking, green initiatives save time and money and I'd be willing to bet they foster a deeper sense of connectedness to patients among the hospital staff. It seems logical that this could lead to better patient outcomes. Any institution that is dedicated to healing has a responsibility to maintain a healthy environment that supports patients and is well integrated with its community.

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