Mercy Medical Center was recently awarded the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification for the 8th consecutive year – one of only four hospitals in the United States, and the only one in Ohio, to earn this designation. Each year the hospital’s main campus, a facility of one million square feet that’s a blend of old and new construction, saves approximately $1,062,000 in energy costs, for a total of nearly $8.5 million since receiving its first ENERGY STAR in 2009.
Tom Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy, says Canton and the broader Stark County community are the biggest beneficiaries of this savings.
“Because Mercy’s long-standing mission is to provide quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care for all, energy conservation enables us to invest more resources in our workforce, innovative medical technology, and health programs that meet community needs,” he says.
In addition to energy conservation, Mercy has implemented many other green initiatives, including house-wide recycling of glass, aluminum, plastics, paper, light bulbs, batteries, cardboard, and lab chemicals. These efforts keep thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills annually.
In the coming months, Mercy will implement new programs aimed at reducing cafeteria waste, especially plastic and styrofoam food and beverage containers.
For more information about Mercy’s conservation efforts, visit cantonmercy.org/green.here for media inquiries