May 7, 2014

Mercy Medical Center receives Ohio Hospital Association environmental award

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) recently awarded Mercy Medical Center with its annual Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. Mercy was one of 12 Ohio hospitals to receive the award, which is named after Mel Creeley, retired CEO from East Liverpool City Hospital and past chair of the OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council. The award recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.

Mercy Medical Center has made environmental stewardship a priority for many years. The hospital earned the Energy Star designation several years in a row–the national mark of excellence in performance–from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s joint program. Mercy also received the 2012 John Chapman Award, which is OHA’s top environmental award. The John Chapman Award recognized Mercy for demonstrating exceptional environmental stewardship and promoting best practices for other hospitals to follow.

The health care sector is the second most energy-intensive industry in the United States. Hospitals alone spend $5 billion on energy every year and use more than eight percent of the nation’s energy. This makes hospitals a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, which can be a factor in chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms and premature death. Beginning with a partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) in the 1990s, OHA embarked in a campaign to assist hospitals with pollution prevention and waste reduction in Ohio.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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