OHA Members Recognized for Excellence in Sustainability; Cleveland Clinic Saluted for Food Program

Practice Greenhealth recognized several OHA members earlier this month for excellence in efforts to reduce their environmental impact and address the links between the environment and human health. Practice Greenhealth is a national membership and networking organization for sustainable health care.

Cleveland Clinic achieved a Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award and was recognized for its work on local food. The health system sources 30% of its food locally and sustainably, focusing on healthy food grown locally through environmentally friendly practices. Cleveland Clinic also received awards for its individual hospitals and facilities. Cleveland Clinic has previously received the Ohio Hospital Association’s John Chapman Award for Environmental Leadership, OHA’s statewide award for health care sustainability.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was recognized as a member of the Circle of Excellence in the Climate category, for taking the lead on tracking and measurement of CO2 emissions and overall climate program development. Hospitals in this category demonstrate an understanding of the health impacts of climate change and are taking action to mitigate those impacts and educate their staff and communities on playing a supporting role.

University Hospitals system was recognized as a Partner for Change honoree, with multiple UH hospitals being recognized for superior performance in environmental sustainability, covering a range of different sustainability programs and activities.

Several OHA members also received the Partner Recognition Award, celebrating facilities that have a commitment to environmental improvements and have achieved progress in several areas of the organization.
Recipients include:
  • Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital
  • Mercy Health-Springfield Regional Medical Center
  • Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth Hospital Boardman
  • Mercy Health –St. Elizabeth Hospital Youngstown
  • Mercy Health-St. Joseph Hospital
  • Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center
  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital
  • Mercy Health-Willard Hospital
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital