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The Ohio Hospital Association’s Energy & Sustainability Program this wek announced the 2018 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award recipients. The Melvin Creeley Award honorees are:
• Atrium Medical Center (Middletown)*
• Barnesville Hospital*
• Cleveland Clinic*
• Fairfield Medical Center (Lancaster)
• Henry County Hospital*
• Mercy Health – Youngstown*
• Springfield Regional Medical Center
• St. Rita’s Medical Center (Lima)
• Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center (Toledo)
• Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton)*
• Mount Carmel Health System (Columbus)*
• The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center*
• St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
• Summa Health System (Akron)
• TriHealth System (Cincinnati)*
• University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center
• Wright-Patterson Medical Center*

Named after OHA Hall of Fame inductee, Melvin Creeley, former CEO from East Liverpool City Hospital and past chair of OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council, the award recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.

“Barnesville Hospital is extremely pleased to be recognized by the Ohio Hospital Association for our environmental stewardship,” said David Phillips, CEO, Barnesville Hospital. “It is truly a team effort. We pride ourselves on taking care of our patients, our community and our environment.”

Of the 17 recipients, 10 hospitals—denoted above with an asterisk—were considered for OHA’s John Chapman Award, which recognizes a hospital or health system for demonstrating 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 health care sector is the second most energy-intensive industry in the United States. Hospitals alone spend $8 billion on energy every year and use more than 10 percent of our nation’s energy. Beginning with a partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in the 1990s, OHA embarked in a campaign to assist hospitals with pollution prevention and waste reduction in Ohio. OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council provides support and technical resources to Ohio hospitals in their efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution and comply with environmental regulations.

Photo: (l-r) Theresa May, Environmental Services and 2017 CAREgiver of the month, Tina Milligan, Environmental Services and 2017 CAREgiver of the Month with John Puterbaugh, Facilities Director