Sustainability Efforts

Through its sustainability initiative, GHS is committed to protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and being a good community steward. Read on to learn ways that the system saved resources in FY 2017.

Sustainability Committee

GHS has a Sustainability Committee that meets quarterly. This multidisciplinary team discusses current projects throughout the system and opportunities to increase energy efficiency and reduce waste, such as those described below.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: GHS energy reductions are equal to savings of greenhouse gas emissions from 8,544,118 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle or 1,215 tons of waste recycled.

Kilowatts: GHS energy reductions are equal to savings of CO2 emissions from 3,454,861 pounds of coal burned or energy use for one year of 341 homes.

Thermal: Likewise, savings reflect 2,684,627 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle or 36,658 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs.

Resource Recovery

Solid waste has been diverted from landfills through creative measures that encourage reuse, recycling or composting of waste. Proper disposal of waste (waste management) relocates waste to areas where it can be left, incinerated or disposed of safely. Removing waste from public areas helps reduce risks to overall health, decrease exposure to biohazards and lower pest infestation.

GHS Waste Reduction (in pounds)
Solid waste diverted from landfills 6,203,559
Paper, plastic, aluminum and electronic waste recycled 4,275,041
Cardboard recycled 916,061
Compost recycled from the kitchens at GMH 202,408


Cost Efficiency Performance Team

GHS’ Cost Efficiency Performance Team launched a multi-year supply chain data optimization project in FY17. The team focuses on enhancing the system’s supply chain program through cost reduction and quality and outcomes improvement.

This team reviewed and cleansed 100% of GHS’ item master, a record that includes information about all inventory items. A more precise item master includes consistent descriptions, units of measure and specific nomenclature. This effort is the first step in reducing inventory duplication, better aligning the supply chain with GHS’ objectives and providing stronger confidence in reporting system data, such as cost per case metrics.

GHS, National Research Education Requirements Align

The GHS Office of Human Research Protection revised its policies to permit individuals conducting human-subject research or involved in human-research protection to recertify their CITI training every three years. (CITI stands for Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.) The previous GHS policy had been every two years. This revision is consistent with federal research-training requirements and national standards.

Such an alignment reduces administrative burden on researchers, thus saving time and enhancing efficiency. It is important to note that this extension does NOT adversely affect protections for research subjects.

GHS Strives to Be a Value Leader

This graph illustrates the continuing multi-year trend of a downward trajectory in GHS reimbursement, or revenue, per adjusted discharge (represented by the blue line). The red line depicts the operating expense per adjusted discharge, which equates to the money it takes the system to take care of a patient.

While the red line continues to drop, GHS has successfully decreased its corresponding patient care cost as well, thus maintaining a positive margin—and one with minimal impact on patients. Efforts to further decrease the cost curve will be necessary as the downward pressure on revenues is expected to persist.

The system’s success in continuing to find ways to optimize and lower its own costs each year means that patients benefit as well by paying lower costs themselves. GHS’ financial acumen leads to a win-win situation for both the organization’s bottom line and community members served.

2017 Annual Report Table of Contents