Susan Gamble, M.D., a third-year internal medicine resident at Yale, is job hunting. She’s looking at many factors as she decides where to practice, but at first glance, the greenness of a practice or facility isn’t necessarily one of them.
That’s not to say she isn’t concerned about the environment.
“I want to be somewhere where I can control it (environmental responsibility) in my own life,” she says. “At work, I haven’t thought about it.”
But after talking about environmental consciousness and health care, Gamble is more inclined to consider it as a criterion.
After all, it’s a good sign the practice is paying attention to other things, as well.
“It’s impressive, because you think someone who is able to take a green initiative for their office probably has it all together so they’re able to focus on the environment,” Gamble says.
Green practices may sound like code for solar panels and recycling bins, or perhaps waste management. Environmentally responsible initiatives in medical practices and hospitals go far beyond stereotypical “green” projects, however.
Take Denver Health, for example. When the health care organization built the new Park Hill Family Health Center, which opened in 2009, they designed it to reduce heat and energy consumption, according to spokesperson Chris Poisson. But they didn’t stop there. (more…)