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Sustainability and the Health Care Manager: Part II

Ramirez, Bernardo MD, MBA; Oetjen, Reid M. PhD; Malvey, Donna PhD, MHSA

doi: 10.1097/HCM.0b013e318225e2d3
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Are there additional costs associated with achieving goals of sustainable health care? Will going green enhance or impede financial performance? These are questions that all health care managers should confront, yet there is little evidence to show that health care sustainability is affordable or profitable. This article considers what is presently known and suggests that health care managers use an assessment framework to determine whether they are ready to achieve health care sustainability.

Author Affiliations: Department of Health Management and Informatics, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach (Dr Ramirez); Department of Health Management and Informatics, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Orlando (Dr Oetjen); Department of Health Management and Informatics, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, Cocoa (Dr Malvey).

The authors have no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Bernardo Ramirez, MD, MBA, 4000 Central Florida Blvd, HPA2 Room 204, Orlando, FL 32816-2205 (Bernardo.Ramirez@ucf.edu).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.