A new report by the Health Care Research Collaborative has found that embracing sustainability in the industry can create tangible financial rewards, as well as help grow jobs for people with a variety of skills on their resumes
Sponsored by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the report, “Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Leadership, Coordination and Performance Measurement Systems in Healthcare,” found that sustainability coordinators within hospitals are often staff members who are chosen because of their field of interest and their willingness to take on new challenges.
This report confirms that sustainability is a strategic business proposition for the health care sector, Gary Cohen, president of Health Care Without Harm, stated. “Commitment from leadership and incorporating sustainability organizational structure and incentives is a path that improves quality care, saves money and positions hospitals as anchors for community and environmental health.”
According to the report, there is a limited number of health care professionals that are experienced in sustainability issues, so there is an area of job growth and career advancement within the overall medical industry.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for medical and health services managers are expected to increase by 22% through the end of the decade.