By Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO and President of the NCH Healthcare System
Leading a healthcare system means balancing risks and rewards. Rewards are immense when they include life-saving treatments. The risks can be a spectrum from regulatory shifts to patient safety and harmful waste production.
Healthcare leaders play a role in reform-related changes that often align costs for smart investments and new partnerships. One risk affects our facilities, healthcare networks, communities and the environment: medical waste. Identifying the most appropriate options for managing waste should include evaluating potential partners.
In healthcare settings the presence of medical waste is inevitable. There are five steps that leaders can take to minimize related risks.