Within two days of launching the WorkSMART program at the Saint Raphael Campus in April, the program committee received 27 ideas from employees about how to reduce waste, save money and increase the hospital's sustainability efforts.
"People told me they've been waiting for a forum like this," said Mary Cleary, RN, manager, Core Education, and a WorkSMART Committee member.
"Saint Raphael Campus employees have excellent ideas about everything from reducing the use of paper and medical supplies, to saving energy, to working more efficiently," added Eric Warmoth, manager, Materials Services, and also a committee member. "WorkSMART is an excellent vehicle for them to share those ideas."
Since WorkSMART launched at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2009, more than 1,200 employees have submitted more than 2,600 ideas, helping the hospital save $6.2 million. With the launch of the program at the SRC, the number of ideas is expected to grow. To promote the program, WorkSMART Committee members held breakfast and lunchtime information sessions in the SRC cafeteria and visited patient care units during the off-shift.
To submit a WorkSMART idea, employees may complete a short form on the employee intranet. The 30-member WorkSMART Committee, which comprises employees and leaders from a variety of departments, reviews submissions and chooses ideas to implement.
"The success of this program depends on employees," said Michael Holmes, senior vice president, Operations and chief integration officer, Saint Raphael Campus. "We encourage everyone to look within their own jobs and departments and throughout the hospital for opportunities to save and to work more efficiently. With Saint Raphael Campus employees sharing their ideas through WorkSMART, the program will have an even bigger impact on the financial strength of the hospital and quality of care we provide."