Healthy People, Planet and the Bottom Line

Michigan Green Healthcare Conference logoWhile it may seem daunting to revamp your hospital to become more sustainable, there are several ways hospitals can reduce their environmental footprints, saving costs and improving patient outcomes at the same time. By conserving energy, reducing waste, and offering healthier and locally sourced food, hospitals are learning that implementing such elements makes a significant difference.

The MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference includes general and breakout sessions that dive deeper into the positive impacts Michigan hospitals and other healthcare organizations have made by encouraging sustainability in healthcare.

The 2017 Michigan Green Healthcare Conference gathered nearly 100 sustainability officers, dieticians, clinicians, engineers and others with a passion for reducing the ecological footprint of the healthcare sector. View photos of the event on our Facebook page and read more

Meet the Speakers

Michael Abraham, Jr. Michael Abraham Jr. is the co-founder and president of Future Energy Group, Sterling Heights. His passion is applied to building world-class organizations that are rooted in excellent customer relationships, transparency and exceptionally detailed execution. Abraham is proud of the high-level customer service he provides, offering the best value, quality services and innovative products, and thorough project management. With 18 years of experience in executive level commercial building, he brings a comprehensive understanding of anticipating his clients’ needs across several industries.

Mark BrettMark Brett has been with Sparrow Health System, Lansing, since 1995. He has served in a variety of roles, including senior vice president of affiliate operations; director of rehabilitation, neurosciences, orthopedics and cardiovascular services; vice president service line advancement; vice president professional services; and currently as president and CEO of Sparrow Hospital. Brett received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Spring Arbor University.

Nicole Chardoul,Nicole Chardoul, PE, is a principal and vice president at Resource Recycling Systems, Ann Arbor. She has trained compost site operators since 2002 and has served on local compost regulatory review committees. She serves on the Washtenaw Food Policy Council to build capacity for waste reduction and donation and composting of food waste. Chardoul has worked alongside hospitals through assessments, waste sorts, program implementation and employee training. She has also managed the design, construction and implementation of numerous material- recovery facilities, transfer stations, drop-off stations and compost sites.

Christopher DeGoodChristopher G. DeGood is a project manager and senior civil engineer with AECOM, Traverse City. He has more than 20 years of experience with the design and implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects for a variety of clients, including healthcare facilities. DeGood received a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Project Management from Northwestern University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.

Sam DiNelloSam DiNello is a lifelong entrepreneur and is passionate about disrupting antiquated processes and providing innovative solutions rooted in high-level results and service to the clients he serves. DiNello uses his 15+ years of profitable business ownership to make a positive contribution to the environment, all while having fun doing it. He co-founded Future Energy Group, Sterling Heights, to provide a full-service approach to corporate sustainability and to create a more energy efficient planet. DiNello specializes in designing corporate programs for his clients, which include an energy analysis, design, project management, installation, recycling financing and commissioning.

Daniel DoyleDaniel Doyle, PE, LEED AP O+M, is chairman and former president of Grumman/Butkus Associates, Evanston, IL, a firm of energy efficiency consultants and sustainable design engineers. He is responsible for the firm’s general management, marketing and recruiting and is the principal-in-charge for numerous designs and studies. For the past 30 years, Doyle’s career has focused on energy conservation and efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings. He is active in many professional associations and is a member of the board of directors for the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

Grant FletcherGrant Fletcher, system director of healthy living and sustainability, Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo, has been a leader with the health system for 10 years, overseeing food and nutrition services, retail operations, athletic club(s), sustainability and employee wellness. Fletcher received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and Political Science from Western Michigan University. Fletcher has been a champion of Bronson Healthcare Group’s local sourcing initiative, leading the Food and Nutrition Department in its charge to source 60 percent of the organization’s food from local and regional growers and producers.

Renae HesselinkRenae Hesselink is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan chapter, past chair of the chapter’s Board of Directors, and currently chairs its Green School Advocacy Committee. She has been with Nichols (a distributor of custodial and packaging supplies based in Norton Shores) for 24 years in various positions, moving into the role of vice president of sustainability 10 years ago. Under Hesselink’s leadership, Nichols achieved LEED EBOM V2.0 Gold in June 2010 and recertification in 2015 under LEED EB O+M V4.0.

Cheri HolmanCheri Holman is executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter and director of the Grand Rapids 2030 District and the Michigan Battle of the Buildings. Holman is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience and a genuine passion for energy and water conservation. Other areas of interest include indoor environmental quality, clean/renewable energy, access to healthy food, and educating and promoting a healthy built environment. Early in her career, Holman partnered with the private sector to reduce resource consumption by implementing energy conservation technologies and improving operational practices.

Kurt KnothKurt Knoth is vice president system supply chain, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids. He is an experienced leader in lean trans- formation efforts in large, complex organizations. Knoth is responsible for all aspects of supply chain and procurement resources. He is charged with leveraging supply chain to help the organization realize its vision to be the Leader in Health by 2020. Knoth’s areas of responsibility include sourcing, logistics, purchasing, fleet management and system sustainability.

Keith MillerKeith Miller is a leader in facility management in the healthcare industry. With more than 25 years of experience, he has positioned himself as a thought leader in corporate sustainability and brings a wealth of knowledge in facility management. Miller is a corporate facilities manager for Flint-based McLaren Health Care, a fully integrated healthcare network serving the entire Lower Peninsula and a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Miller is also a board member for the Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering, a state affiliate chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Brendan MolonyBrendan Molony is a graduate of Aquinas College with a bachelor’s degree in sustainable business and has been the acting sustainability coordinator for the Bronson Healthcare Group for the past four years. Molony has a passion to drive organizational and community change while taking into account the people, planet and financial success. Focusing on waste reduction, mobility, green building design, local/healthy food, green cleaning and smarter purchasing, Molony has been instrumental in Bronson’s appearance on the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America” for the past three years. Molony is also the current chair of the MHA Green Healthcare Committee.

Dan StreitDan Streit is the program manager for Environmental Sustainability Services at WECC (Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation), a mission-based nonprofit headquartered in Madison, WI. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing programs for corporate and municipal clients seeking to improve supply chain sustainability, identify and report upon their material sustainability issues, or calculate their carbon footprints. Streit is certified as a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier and has also completed the Global Reporting Initiative training program.

Stephen TongueStephen D. Tongue serves as vice president of Facilities and Support Services for Munson Medical Center, Traverse City. Tongue has more than 20 years of experience in facilities management, overseeing maintenance, safety, security, housekeeping, design and construction for hospitals in Berlin, WI; Alpena; and Traverse City. He has served in his current capacity since joining Munson Medical Center in 2007. Tongue received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.

Jeffrey ThompsonJeffrey E. Thompson, MD, is executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, LaCrosse, WI. Thompson is a trained pediatric intensivist and neonatologist and served as Gundersen’s CEO from 2001 to 2016. In 1984, Thompson joined Gundersen with a desire to care for patients and be a leader among his peers. He served on Gundersen’s boards beginning in 1992 and was chairman of the board from 2001 to 2014. Thompson also served as executive vice president from 1995 to 2001 and played a key role in the organization’s negotiations and governance design.

Mike WayMike Way has been with Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo for 31 years, leading areas such as supply chain, contracting, facility planning and development, and real estate management. Way received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Administration from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Finance from Western Michigan University. He is also a certified contract/purchasing manager as designated by the Institute for Supply Management. Way has acquired a thorough background in healthcare supply chain management, contract negotiations, facility planning and development, and real estate management.

2017 Michigan Green Healthcare Awards

The 2017 Michigan Green Healthcare Award will be presented during this year's conference. The MHA, through its Michigan Green Healthcare Committee, works to establish a framework for Michigan’s healthcare sector to improve the health and well-being of the state’s ecology and its citizens. As part of that effort, the Michigan Green Healthcare Award was established in 2014 to recognize organizations and individuals who have had a significant impact on sustainability within the healthcare sector.

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The Michigan Green Healthcare Conference is hosted by the Michigan Green Healthcare Committee, a MHA committee of hospitals and partner organizations providing leadership on sustainability initiatives in the healthcare sector.

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