Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center received the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) John Chapman Award on June 12 during the OHA Annual Meeting at the Hilton Columbus in Easton. This top environmental award recognizes Mercy for demonstrating exceptional environmental stewardship and promoting best practices for other hospitals to follow. It also recognizes a hospital that has shown excellence in initiating or supporting pollution prevention and waste reduction programs.
OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council selected Mercy Medical Center to receive the John Chapman Award from a group of 10 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award honorees who are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices. Mercy Medical Center is a Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award recipient.
“These hospitals demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship through implementing waste reduction programs, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations,” said Mike Abrams, president and CEO of OHA.
Mercy Medical Center recognizes the importance of conservation on a daily basis and strives to be a good steward of its resources through energy conservation, recycling, buying green and building green. Results of these initiatives have been realized across the hospital. For three years in a row, Mercy has earned the U.S. EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR award, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Mercy recycled more than 51 tons of non-hazardous waste material in 2011 and thousands of light bulbs and batteries, plus Mercy recycles 10 – 15 tons of cardboard monthly. Energy conservation efforts from 2009 – 2011 have yielded savings of nearly $2.7 million through reductions in electricity, water and natural gas consumption.
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 Carroll County, 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. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.