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Barnesville Hospital Melvin Creeley Environmental Award Winner

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has named Barnesville Hospital as one of the 12 recipients of the Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award for its efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and comply with environmental regulations.

The award recognizes health systems that promote 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 OHAs Environmental Leadership Council from its inception in 2001 to 2010.

Specifically, Barnesville Hospital has implemented waste reduction programs, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations. Among its many environmental accomplishments, Barnesville Hospital continues recycling programs for cardboard, shredded confidential documents, mixed plastics, mixed glass, steel & aluminum cans, motor oil, computers, mixed paper, batteries, mixed scrap metals, & used linens. Additionally, outdated medical & surgical supplies are donated to support care missions in third-world countries.

In 2012, Barnesville Hospital processed almost 200 ton of waste through its waste stream. This included such things as solid waste, recyclable solids, regulated medical waste, hazardous waste, and recycled hazardous wastes. The recycling campaign has continued to grow. With the support of the Green Team Committee, efforts have expanded to Morristown Clinic, Morristown Pharmacy and Homecare, and Barnesville Medical Center. In addition, thermometer exchanges and pharmaceutical take-back events are being held throughout the service area.

Barnesville Hospital has previously been recognized on a national level as a leader in reducing mercury in healthcare and as a recipient of the Partner for Change Award for environmental stewardship.