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Sustainability in the medical space? It’s complicated

By: Norbert Sparrow, Plastics Today Medical, Sustainability, Recycling, Extrusion: Pipe & Profile, Injection Molding, The juggernaut to remove single-use plastics from our lives largely has spared the medical sector. There are good reasons for that, starting with improved safety for the patient because single-use devices reduce the risk of infection. Also, injection molded and extruded…

Let’s Do This! Highlights from 2019 and Looking Ahead in 2020.

by Rob Chase, Founder & President As 2020 begins, it is a great time to share company developments, reflect, and take a moment to express gratitude. It is an honor to serve the communities that heal and nurture health of people, planet and all living things. Whether you are a customer that has been with…

Greening Operating Rooms One Product at a Time

The medical device industry can be part of the solution for sustainable healthcare, according to a speaker at the upcoming MD&M West 2020 conference. By: Susan Shepard December 31, 2019 Healthcare organizations are responding regarding their contribution on climate change, said Rob Chase in an interview with MD+DI. Chase, who is the founder and president…

Environmental Sustainability: More process than progress?

Swirling, succeeding in ‘circular economy’ knows no bounds By: Rick Dana Barlow  – November 18, 2019 To some, environmental sustainability represents one of those “damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don’t” idiomatic exercises in that whatever you decide likely will attract criticism, debate and some form of ridicule. Either it is is too burdensome and costly, it panders to the hippie…

Embarking on environmental sustainability

Experts advise starting small, thinking big By: Rick Dana Barlow  – November 18, 2019 Establishing an environmental sustainability movement, process or project can be an arduous exercise, competing heavily between higher-priority issues and among numerous multitasking executives, clinicians and practitioners. But it doesn’t have to be such a daunting task so long as aims and…

Meet Nicole Nikkari, BSN MA, Clinical Integration Manager

Nicole shares her passion for the environment and eliminating plastic pollution from healthcare. Having been in healthcare for many years, my drive and inspiration is helping and caring for people.  For most of those years, the day after day of throwing away single-use plastics always bothered me. Like most nurses, and healthcare professionals, my priorities…

North Bay Business Journal – GameChangers

Sugarcane plants and operating rooms have nothing in common, and yet when Rob Chase, president and founder of NewGen Surgical in San Rafael, struck on an idea to bring them together, it was a logical pairing that had the potential to deliver benefits for generations to come. His concept was to create surgical equipment out…

Business at Hand

At Dominican, Rob Chase MBA ’00 gained the tools to develop and build a successful healthcare business. Now he’s paying it forward, creating internships for Dominican students and serving as a mentor as they embark on their own careers. Marco Estebez ’19, and Jacquelyn Jacinto ’20 began their internship with the marketing department of NewGen…

Why Environmental Changes Are a Growing Public Health Crisis

By: Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski Three years ago in Paris, Dignity Health was privileged to be among the delegations from around the world that came to consensus on how we needed to urgently curb our carbon emission rates or face irreparable harm. Now, as many of those same representatives meet at COP24 in Poland, disaster…

Plastics Today features NewGen Surgical in article on sustainably designed single-use devices

By: Norbert Sparrow, Plastics Today Medical, Sustainability, Materials We have expectations of efficacy and safety in medical products that are brought to market; should we also factor in sustainability? Absolutely, says Rob Chase, founder and President of NewGen Surgical, a medical products company based in San Rafael, CA. NewGen Surgical’s skin stapler is made with 69%…