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New Hospital Resource Highlights Environmental Best Practices

07/14/2017

 

 

The Ohio Hospital Association’s Energy and Sustainability Program teamed up with Practice Greenhealth to publish a collection of environmental leadership case studies highlighting how six hospitals and health systems have achieved success in environmental stewardship.
 
The collection of case studies describes the environmental efforts and successes of six OHA Melvin Creeley and John Chapman award winning hospitals:
 
  • 88th Medical Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Mercy Health Youngstown Region
  • Mount Carmel Health System
  • TriHealth
  • University Hospitals
 
Click here to download the collection of environmental leadership case studies, Ohio Healthier Hospitals.
 
OHA's Energy and Sustainability Program provides support and technical resources to Ohio hospitals’ efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution and comply with environmental regulations through the Pollution Prevention University, or P2 University. Through the sharing of progress and best practices, the health care sector can continue to make the important improvements necessary to make out communities healthier, one hospital at a time.
 
OHA’s Pollution Prevention University takes a hands-on approach to evaluate waste systems. Participating hospitals learn how to identify cost saving opportunities for pollution prevention and waste minimization activities, review the requirements of the Joint Commission's Environment of Care Standards involving the safe management of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes, prepare pollution prevention plans and programs to increase compliance with state and federal laws, and conduct a thorough audit of a hospital waste stream.
 
Hospitals can report on progress following the evaluation of waste streams and education through OHA’s energy awards process:
 
  • Melvin Creeley Award: This award recognizes hospitals and health systems that 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.
 
  • John Chapman Award: The John Chapman Award winner is selected from the Melvin Creeley nominees. This award recognizes a hospital or health system that has demonstrated leadership in guiding its facility toward the goals of environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance, energy efficiency and pollution prevention, all of which are proven to result in healthier hospital workforces and communities.
 
For more information on how to get involved with OHA’s Energy and Sustainability Program, contact Rick Sites at Rick.Sites@ohiohospitals.org or 614-221-7614.
 
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