WSHA and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative

Environmental improvements can save money and improve the health of patients, employees and the community

The Washington State Hospital Association has joined the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national campaign designed to lead change in the health care sector by helping hospitals adopt more sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations.

HHI works to reduce the environmental impact of hospitals by collecting and reporting data in at least one of six HHI Challenge areas:

Engaged Leadership

Healthier Food

Leaner Energy

Less Waste

Safer Chemicals

Smarter Purchasing


Each individual hospital can chose any or all of the six challenge areas in which to work. There is no cost to participating hospitals, although they are required to collect and report data relevant to the areas they are working in.

“The Healthier Hospitals Initiative reflects the values that we hold as a state: taking care of people and taking care of our environment,” said President and CEO Scott Bond. “HHI brings practical, workable solutions to hospitals so that we can improve the public health of our communities.”

Read the full announcement here.


All hospitals in Washington State are encouraged to join WSHA and HHI in building a more sustainable health care system.

At no cost to hospitals, HHI provides proven strategies, step-by-step roadmaps and a network of experts and mentors to help hospitals reduce energy and waste, choose safer and less toxic products, and purchase and serve healthier foods. Hospitals are asked to commit to one initiative in one of the six challenges areas and to submit baseline and follow-up data. HHI then tracks sector progress and provides valuable insights for the industry.

To learn more about how your hospital can participate, contact Katie Holmes (, 216-2506) or view the slides or recording from the September 23 introductory webcast.

Participating Hospitals (12/4/14)
(click here for all hospital contact information)

Ascension Health - Lourdes Medical Center - Pasco         

CHI - Franciscan Health System 

CHI - St. Anthony Hospital - Gig Harbor  

CHI - St. Clare Hospital  

CHI - St. Elizabeth Hospital - Enumclaw  

CHI - St. Francis Hospital - Federal Way  

CHI - St. Joseph Medical Center - Tacoma            

Evergreen Healthcare   

Grays Harbor Community Hospital          

Group Health Central Hospital    Capitol Hill Campus

Jefferson Healthcare

Madigan Army Medical Center

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics

Newport Hospital & Health Services

North Valley Hospital

Olympic Medical Center

Overlake Medical Center

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

Providence - Centralia Hospital

Providence - Holy Family Hospital

Providence - Mount Carmel Hospital - Main Building

Providence - Providence Center

Providence - Sacred Heart Medical Center

Providence - St. Joseph's Hospital

Providence - St. Mary Medical Center Campus

Providence - St. Peter Hospital

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Seattle Children's Hospital

UW Medicine - Harborview Medical Center        

UW Medicine - Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

UW Medicine - Valley Medical Center   

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics