UH Parma Wins Multiple Environmental Awards

An expanded recycling program, managing pharmaceutical waste and virtually eliminating the use of mercury all contributed to recent environmental awards presented to University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint and becomes a community anchor for sustainability, honored UH Parma Medical Center with the Partner Recognition Award at its May 19 CleanMed Conference & Exhibition in Dallas, Texas. This award is given to health care facilities that have begun to work on environmental improvements, have achieved some progress, and have at least a ten percent recycling rate for their total waste stream. UH Parma also was recognized with the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award.

In 2015, UH Parma Medical Center diverted more than half a million pounds of recyclables from the landfill, nearly 400,000 pounds of which was paper. Mixed recyclables accounted for almost 20,000 pounds. UH Parma recently implemented single-stream recycling to make it easier for employees to recycle. Confidential protected patient health information is still shredded separately.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health of our patients, staff and community,” said Kathi O’Connor, Director of Operations, UH Parma Medical Center. “We look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to continue navigating the path to sustainability for the future of health care.”

University Hospitals Health System was awarded a System For Change award, which recognizes health systems that are working cohesively to set systemwide sustainability goals, track data, benchmark, and share successes in environmental performance.

Systemwide, UH recycled more than seven million pounds of material. There were more than 4 million pounds of paper, and 1 million pounds of mixed recyclables.

CJ Sheppard

Senior Communications Strategist, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center

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