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DNV GL: More threats on healthcare from climate change

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January 29, 2021

by Brian Ward (bward@hcpro.com)

Every year, emergency events seem to be more frequent or more severe—the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, monthly hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast, megafires out west, active shooter incidents, and civil unrest. Regardless of the emergency, healthcare providers and facilities are expected to provide patients with premium care.

“Mother Nature is always going to win,” said Kelly Proctor, CHFM, CHSP, CHOP, director of operations for DNV GL Healthcare, during DNV GL’s 2020 Virtual Conference in October. “If [hospitals] don't think about everything that Mother Nature can deliver us, we're going to be in trouble.”

As we enter 2021, experts widely expect that climate change and environmental damage will take an increasing toll on health and healthcare. And as our environment changes, hospitals and clinics need to adapt as well, said Brennan Scott, CHFM, CHOP, head of surveyor development at DNV GL. 

Every year, emergency events seem to be more frequent or more severe—the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, monthly hurricanes hitting the Gulf Coast, megafires out west, active shooter incidents, and civil unrest. Regardless of the emergency, healthcare providers and facilities are expected to provide patients with premium care.



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