Leading health care sustainability steward Practice Greenhealth, Reston Va., rolled out a new tool to help hospitals simplify purchasing of green products and evaluate their life-time costs compared with other market choices.

The Greenhealth Cost of Ownership Calculator allows hospitals and health systems to analyze costs of products, equipment and devices beyond the purchase price.

The calculator also can analyze, if applicable, the cost of maintenance, water usage, energy and disposal. The free tool, which is available to all hospitals and health care systems, was unveiled at an online demonstration and trade press briefing Wednesday.

“Caring for patients, staff and the community while reducing our impact on the environment has become a top priority in how the health care industry carries out our mission,” says Beth Eckl, director of the Environmental Purchasing program, Practice Greenhealth.

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