Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center’s Green Team is proud to celebrate Earth Day 2010 on April 22. This will be the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and Mercy is excited to be making a difference through its green initiative. Mercy will recognize the significance of Earth Day by introducing several programs including “Switching On to Switching Off” – a program designed for energy conservation, as well as an E-waste collection day for Mercy employees. E-Waste is classified as used electronics such as cell phones, computer, printers, VCRs, CD Players and more, that get dumped into land fills.
Did you know that more than 2 million ton of used electronics are discarded into land fills each year and that E-waste accounts for more than 70% of toxins in these land fills? In an effort to bring employee awareness to this and to empower them to make a difference, Mercy has set up an all-day E-waste drop off site for its employees on April 23rd. This E-waste program is a partnership with Group Midwest, a reclamation and recycling company.
Due to last year’s success, Mercy has again partnered with Varian Orchard to offer Mercy employees free gardening plots. These plots, reminiscent of the “Victory Gardens” during WWI and WWII, will enable employees to reap the benefits of a garden while helping the environment. Green Team coordinators Elaine M. Campbell and Richard Regula are thrilled with the upcoming opportunities for Mercy employees. “We hope these programs will make our employees more aware of how they can positively affect the environment,” commented Campbell. “Mercy Medical Center is committed to reducing waste, conserving energy and making our natural resources as pure as possible . . . not just during observances such as Earth Day, but throughout the year,” added Regula.
In accordance with its mission to be good stewards of the Earth, Mercy initiated the Green Team in an effort to conserve both natural and financial resources and to reduce its environmental impact. The four core initiatives of the Mercy Green Team are recycling, buying green, building green and energy conservation. Senior vice president and COO Jeff Smith notes that Mercy recognizes the long-term importance of conserving energy and resources, "Mercy's green initiatives are here to stay because our mission calls us to take care of not only our patients and our employees, but the community as well". Mercy is one of only two hospitals in Ohio to have received the ENERGY STAR designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy’s joint program. This distinction is a national mark of excellence in energy performance.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.