This research examines the physical operations of a health care sector called long term care facilities. Long term care refers to organizations that provide onsite nursing care for people with long-term illnesses, elderly people who need continuous medical supervision, or for those in long-term rehabilitation programs. Most specifically, this research looks at the performance of the physical buildings (i.e. facilities) and how this performance impacts the external environment. Using secondary data from the organization Practice Greenhealth, this study addresses the following two research questions.
1. What is the combined current state of environmental performance at the long term care facilities that have applied for a Practice Greenhealth award?
2. What are the proposed environmental key performance indicators for the long term care sector?
Based on this research, a model is suggested for future researchers interested in the environmental performance of long term care facilities. The model suggests six drivers for improving environmental performance in long term care; (1) maintain compliance with environmental regulations, (2) reduce costs, (3) meet expectations of parent organization, (4) increase market competitiveness, (5) engage stakeholders, and (6) improve patient outcomes. Four environmental improvement categories are then established; (1) waste, (2) energy, (3) water, and (4) engagement initiatives, along with each categories’ associated indicators. Finally, this study develops a concise environmental performance survey that could be used by any long term care facility looking to make improvements to its environmental performance over time.
|Advisor:||Schweigert, Francis J.|
|Commitee:||Babcock, Laura M., Bormann Young, Carol J.|
|School:||Metropolitan State University|
|Department:||College of Management|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental Studies, Sustainability, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Environment, Environmental performance, Long term care, Medical facility, Nursing home, Sustainability|
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