May 21, 2012

Mercy Medical Center receives environmental stewardship award from OHA

To honor Earth Day, April 22, 2012, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) announced Mercy Medical Center of Canton as the recipient of the 2012 John Chapman Award for demonstrating exceptional environmental stewardship. In addition, 10 hospitals received the 2012 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award.

“These hospitals demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship through implementing waste reduction programs, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations,” said OHA President and CEO Mike Abrams.

A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Mercy Medical Center recognizes the importance of conservation on a daily basis and strives to be a good steward of its resources through energy conservation, recycling, buying green and building green. Results of these initiatives have been realized across the hospital. For three years in a row, Mercy has earned the U.S. EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR award, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Mercy recycled more than 51 tons of non-hazardous waste material in 2011 and thousands of light bulbs and batteries, plus Mercy recycles 10-15 tons of cardboard monthly. Energy conservation efforts from 2009-2011 have yielded savings of nearly $2.7 million through reductions in electricity, water and natural gas consumption.

The John Chapman Award recognizes a hospital or health system that has shown excellence in initiating or supporting pollution prevention programs. The award is named after John Chapman or “Johnny Appleseed,” who planted thousands of apple trees across the Midwest during the 19th century. The award will be presented June 12 during the OHA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council selected Mercy Medical Center to receive the John Chapman Award from a group of 10 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award honorees who are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. The award is named after the retired president and CEO of East Liverpool City Hospital, Melvin Creeley, who chaired OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council from its inception in 2001 to 2010.

The 2012 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award-winning hospitals and health systems are:

  • Barnesville Hospital, Barnesville
  • Bethesda North Hospital, Montgomery
  • Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky
  • Fisher Titus Medical Center, Norwalk
  • Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati
  • Humility of Mary Health Partners, Youngstown
  • Mercy Medical Center, Canton
  • Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus
  • OhioHealth, Columbus

As an ENERGY STAR partner, OHA is also working to protect the environment. OHA’s Team Green is collecting electronics such as computers, CDs, radios and other electronic devices to be recycled. OHA recently received the Ohio Alliance for the Environment Award from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio, which honors a business or industry that is dedicated to fostering a climate of cooperation for resolving environmental issues. And in an initiative begun last year, the OHA Energy Program is assisting hospitals to become more energy efficient.

Beginning with a partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) in the 1990s, OHA embarked on a campaign to assist hospitals with pollution prevention and waste reduction in Ohio. OHA's Environmental Leadership Council provides leadership, support and technical resources to Ohio hospitals in their efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and comply with environmental regulations. The Council consists of representatives from hospitals and organizations such as the Ohio Nurses Association and the OEPA. OHA's environmental advocacy is accomplished through the Hospital Pollution Prevention (P2) Initiative, a hands-on approach to evaluate waste systems.

About the OHA
The Ohio Hospital Association was established in 1915 and currently represents 165 hospitals and 16 health systems throughout Ohio. OHA is a membership-driven organization that provides proactive leadership to create an environment in which Ohio hospitals are successful in serving their communities. Visit OHA’s Web site at www.ohanet.org. For information on top health care issues, visit the online OHA News Media Center at www.ohanet.org/Narrative/Newsroom.

 

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