International Federation of Hospital Engineering, for which the
Health Care Institute is the U.S. representative, recently
wrapped up its annual council meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Walt
Vernon, founder of the non-profit Sextant Foundation, and a HCI
board member and IFHE executive committee member, led a 4+ hour
workshop on sustainability processes that proved to be a huge
success. Together with Shannon Bunsen and Laura Faye, also of
Sextant, and Mike Wood, president of HCI, the group provided a
U.S. perspective on the health impacts of climate change
mitigation and adaptation strategies for use in healthcare.
Expecting 41 paid attendees, the morning of the workshop more
than 85 attendees came to participate.
“There was exceptional networking from 32-plus countries, and
lots of learning on how others meet their opportunities and how
much we all have yet to learn,” commented Wood following the
2018 is expected to be an even larger event as the IFHE World
Congress heads to Brisbane, Australia.