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Posted by (name unknown) on Jun 21st, 2017 11:56am

The recent op-ed on the healthcare community's climate preparedness from Boston Medical Center President & CEO, Kate Walsh, and Partners HealthCare President & CEO, David Torchiana, was a stark reminder of the grave and very real threat that climate change poses to the health of our nation, and highlights yet another way that Massachusetts hospitals and other healthcare providers are front and center in the effort to keep our residents healthy, not just care for them when they need it.

The article focuses on Boston healthcare facilities' work with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission,to advance energy renewal and efficiency projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (we are years ahead of schedule, by the way). But hospitals, health systems and other providers across the state are hard at work to reduce their carbon footprints and lead their communities to a healthier future. Massachusetts hospitals have been working closely with their communities to develop and implement a variety of innovative environmentally sustainable steps. MHA continues to work with our members to share hospital best practices and other resources to enhance statewide goals of reducing our overall carbon footprint.

Protecting the environment directly results in benefits to public health. At a time when both efforts seem to be under increasing attack, Massachusetts hospitals, health systems and other providers remain steadfast and continue to innovate to safeguard patients, their families and loved ones on every front.


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