Partnering with hospitals to build a business case for sustainability…
SOS Partners aligns with hospitals and healthcare systems to fully incorporate sustainability into their existing strategies and cultures. The potential fiscal leverage of developing a strategic approach to sustainability is one that health and hospital systems the world over are reaping. We are an industry leader in “Greening the Hospital” as a business imperative.
What is Sustainability?
The United Nations called Sustainability, “our ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” According to the Global Footprint Network, “it is based on the recognition that when resources are consumed faster than they are produced or renewed, the resource is depleted and eventually used up. In a sustainable world, society’s demand on nature is in balance with nature’s capacity to meet that demand.”
We approach sustainability as the strategic elimination of waste. Initially, “Greening the Hospital” will minimize physical and energy waste. Ultimately, however, we seek to eliminate the waste of time, process, and human capital.
This is most effectively achieved when the science of sustainability, the disciplines of hospital management, and the principles of LEAN process improvement are aligned. At SOS Partners, we refer to this alignment as The Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit.
True sustainability is reached when People, Planet, and Profit are symbiotically aligned through proven operational strategies to deliver tangible results to the organization Learn more about our approach here.
Benefits of a Sustainability Program
- By developing a Strategic Organizational Sustainability focus, your health care entity/system can:
- Further your specific health care Mission
- Improve patient outcomes by providing healing environments through sustainable design and construction practices
- Achieve cost savings by improving operational efficiencies, eliminating waste, and implementing environmentally preferable purchasing practices
- Improve environmental conditions by reducing waste and toxicity
- Build a Learning Community by providing aligned education and communication
- Improve employee morale and enhance employee retention by engaging staff
- Reduce health risks to staff by eliminating toxic chemicals and materials
- Improve regulatory compliance by developing chemical and waste management plans