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MEDIA ADVISORY: 07.24.12 Hastings Center Board member and Fellow on White House panel: Greening America’s Hospitals

(Garrison, NY) Successful strategies that hospitals and other health care facilities can use to increase environmental sustainability, reduce costs, and improve patient care are the focus of an event taking place today, July 24, at the White House. Blair Sadler, a Hastings Center board member and Fellow, is among the panelists invited by the Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality. Sadler is available for interviews on reducing costs through sustainable health care.

Two panel discussions are addressing the increasing sustainability efforts of hospitals, their health effects, and the links between environmental sustainability and economic profitability. Benefits include saving thousands of dollars on energy, waste, and water bills, and creating a safer and healthier atmosphere for patients and hospital employees.

Sadler, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design. He has consulted with health systems throughout the world on building optimally safe and low-stress hospitals and has written on the evolving business argument for evidence-based design of hospitals, including an essay coauthored in 2011 in the Hastings Center Report.

Greening America’s Hospitals is taking place from 9 a.m. to noon EDT. To watch the event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Reporters who would like to interview Blair Sadler should contact: Michael Turton, Communications Associate, The Hastings Center, turtonm@thehastingscenter.org, (845) 424 4040 ext. 242.