Ongoing Commitment to ‘Faithfully Heal the Earth’

“…We need to see, with the eyes of faith, the beauty of God’s saving plan, the link between the natural environment and the dignity of the human person.” — Pope Francis

At Mercy Medical Center, we recognize the importance of conservation on a daily basis, not just because it lowers costs, but also because it’s the right thing to do.

In his encyclical letter, Laudato Si (May 24, 2015), Pope Francis calls for, among many things, “ecological conversion.” He writes:

What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? This question not only concerns the environment in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal. When we ask ourselves what kind of world we want to leave behind, we think in the first place of its general direction, its meaning and its values. Unless we struggle with these deeper issues, I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results. But if these issues are courageously faced, we are led inexorably to ask other pointed questions: What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us? It is no longer enough, then, simply to state that we should be concerned for future generations. We need to see that what is at stake is our own dignity. Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us. The issue is one which dramatically affects us, for it has to do with the ultimate meaning of our earthly sojourn.

In keeping with the Catholic Health Association’s (CHA) emphasis on environmental responsibility and our mission to continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care for the whole person, we at Mercy strive to be good stewards of our resources through:

  • Energy conservation
  • Recycling
  • Buying green
  • Building green

An ENERGY STAR facility since 2009, we became the second hospital in Ohio – and one of fewer than 100 nationwide – to earn this prestigious designation from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2019 we were just one of three US hospitals to be ENERGY STAR certified for 11 consecutive years. Read our full ENERGY STAR profile.

Other programs include:

  • Hospital-wide, co-mingled recycling of glass, aluminum, #1 – #7 plastics, light bulbs, batteries, cardboard, and lab chemicals.
  • Reduction of cardboard in supply chain through implementation of reusable plastic totes.
  • Phasing out plastic clamshell food containers with recycled paper wrapping.
  • Water conservation, reusable sharps containers, and reduction of pharmaceutical waste.
  • Replacement of fluorescent fixtures with LED lighting.
  • Medication Take Back, e-recycling, and other programs for employees and the community.
  • Electronic charting and paystubs and digitalized testing.
  • Recycling of shredded confidential documents.
  • Collaboration with business and community partners that support green.

View our ENERGY STAR profile >>