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Mercy Earns 10th Consecutive EPA ENERGY STAR Certification




For the 10th year in a row OHA member Mercy Medical Center has achieved the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. It is one of only three hospitals in the country and the only one in Ohio to achieve this designation for a decade.

On average, ENERGY STAR-certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy. Hospitals that earn this certification typically save about $3,000 per bed on annual energy costs. Mercy Medical Center has been able to reinvest $976,000 each year, due to its energy efficiency. 

To recognize the achievement, the hospital held a special ceremony on Nov. 16 to honor its facilities management team, as well as vendors and partners that help with energy saving initiatives.

Cliff Lehman, senior vice president of Member Services and Operations for OHA, attended the event and presented Paul Hiltz, Mercy Medical Center president and CEO, with a resolution that honors the hospital for its environmental leadership and accomplishments.

“The Ohio Hospital Association is proud to join this special occasion to honor Mercy Medical Center and its commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Lehman, “The hospital has emerged as a leading institution around energy efficiency, and we applaud your efforts.”

In 2012, Mercy Medical Center received OHA’s John Chapman Award, which recognizes a hospital or health system that has demonstrated leadership in guiding their facility toward the goals of environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention. It has also received the OHA’s Melvin Creeley Award for environmental excellence multiple times, as well as the Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Award.

“Mercy is a testimony to the practicality and long-term value of thoughtful sustainability practices,” said Hiltz, “Energy conservation and care for the environment are not only essential principles of good stewardship in Catholic health care and in keeping with Mercy’s long-standing mission, but also a tremendous savings over time to our bottom line. This savings enables us to invest even more in the exceptional treatment we provide for our patients and families. Sustainability is a win-win for Mercy, the communities we serve, and the ecosystem we share.”

Ohio currently leads the nation in ENERGY STAR certified hospitals, with 13 OHA-member hospitals recognized.

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