To honor Earth Month, April 2019, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has named Barnesville Hospital as the recipient of the 2019 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. The award will be presented at the OHA 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 4 in Columbus.
“Ohio hospitals are committed to the health and wellness of their communities,” said Nolan Rutschilling, director of Energy Program, OHA. “Today we are proud to honor hospitals in Ohio who dedicated resources and implemented new programs to improve their environmental stewardship in the community. By embracing energy efficiency and sustainability, Ohio hospitals can reduce their environmental impact and reinvest cost savings back into their communities.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the OHA for our environmental stewardship efforts,” said David Phillips, CEO, Barnesville Hospital. “We are extremely proud of our healthcare team for once again receiving this prestigious award.”
Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award honorees are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. Honorees were selected by OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council. 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. For a complete list of winners, visit OHA’s website.
Beginning with a partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in the 1990s, OHA embarked on a campaign to assist hospitals with pollution prevention and waste reduction in Ohio. OHA’s Environmental Leadership Council provides leadership, support and technical resources to Ohio hospitals in their efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and comply with environmental regulations. The Council consists of representatives from hospitals and organizations such as the Ohio Nurses Association and the OEPA. OHA’s environmental advocacy is accomplished through the Hospital Pollution Prevention (P2) Initiative, a hands-on approach to evaluate waste systems.