LANCASTER, Ohio (July 25, 2011) – The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has named Fairfield Medical Center as a recipient for the Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award for it’s efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and comply with environmental regulations.
The award recognizes health systems that promote sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. The award is named after the retired president and CEO of East Liverpool City Hospital, Melvin Creeley, who chaired OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council from its inception in 2001 to 2010.
Specifically, Fairfield Medical Center has implemented waste reduction programs, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations. Among its many environmental accomplishments, Fairfield Medical Center has developed recycling programs for cardboard, shredded confidential documents, mixed glass, steel & aluminum cans, motor oil, computers, mixed paper, cell phones & used linens. Additionally, outdated medical & surgical supplies are donated to support care missions in third-world countries.
Pictured is Carl Wollett, Environmental Services Team Leader, emptying a recycling container in the Progressive Care Unit on the 3rd Floor at Fairfield Medical Center.
In 2010, a total of 828 tons of waste was diverted from the landfill and those numbers continue to climb. In 2011, recycling efforts have expanded to include mixed scrap metals and regular household batteries.
Fairfield Medical Center has previously been recognized on a national level as a leader in reducing mercury in healthcare and as a recipient of the Partner for Change Award for environmental stewardship.
For more information on green initiatives at Fairfield Medical Center, please go to www.fmchealth.org, or call (740) 687-8075.
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