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Environmental Sustainability Awards

The OHA Environmental Leadership Council supports the following awards to recognize hospitals and health systems for responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. 

Melvin Creeley Award

The Melvin Creeley Award recognizes hospitals and health systems that promote sound environmental practices through the implementation of energy efficiency programs, waste reduction strategies, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations.

The award is named after former hospital CEO Melvin Creeley, who served on OHA's Board of Trustees, including as board chair, and who was the first chairperson of OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council, a committee of OHA’s governing Board, created more than 15 years ago. He also served on the Board of other OHA affiliates including its Research and Educational Foundation.

Award Winners

  • WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital 
  • Miami Valley Hospital
  • Fairfield Medical Center 
  • Henry County Hospital 
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 
  • Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers 
  • Mount Carmel Health System 
  • Henry County Hospital
  • Fairfield Medical Center
  • Atrium Medical Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Summa Health System

John Chapman Award for Environmental Leadership

The John Chapman Award for Environmental Leadership recognizes a hospital or health system for 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.

Recipients of the Melvin Creeley Award will be considered for OHA’s highest environmental leadership award if they provide supporting data and a written program narrative as requested in the online application.

John Chapman Award Winners

2021: WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital
2020: Nationwide Children's Hospital

2019: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
2018: Cleveland Clinic
2017: University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center
2016: Wright-Patterson Medical Center
2015: Mercy Health Youngstown
2014: University Hospitals
2013: Mount Carmel Health System
2012: Mercy Medical Center
2011: Cleveland Clinic
2010: OhioHealth
2009: Barnesville Hospital
2008: Huron Hospital
2007: Lake Hospital System
2006: Fairfield Medical Center
2005: The Christ Hospital
2004: Cathleen Nelson, president and chief executive officer, St. Charles Mercy Hospital of Oregon
2003: Melvin R. Creeley, president and chief executive officer, East Liverpool City Hospital
2002: Patrick Martin, president and chief executive officer, Fisher-Titus Medical Center