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Practice Greenhealth recently announced the 2020 recipients of the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards, the most prestigious environmental achievement for health care. They recognized health care organizations across 10 areas of sustainability through their annual environmental excellence awards. The awardees range in size from large, urban academic medical centers to rural critical access hospitals, all leading the country in addressing the links between the environment and human health.

Cleveland Clinic was a Top 25 winner. It sources 30 percent of its food locally and sustainably, helping to shape a local food system with long-term benefits to the communities they serve. Food is picked at peak ripeness with shorter transport, tasting better and packing more nutrition, all while keeping dollars in the local economy.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center received recognition as a member of the Circle of Excellence in the Climate category, for taking the lead on tracking and measuring CO2 emissions and overall climate program development. Hospitals in this category demonstrate understanding the health impacts of climate change and are working to mitigate those impacts and educating their staff and communities.

The University Hospitals system was recognized as a Partner for Change honoree, along with multiple hospitals. They were recognized for environmental sustainability, covering a range of different programs and activities.

Other Ohio hospital Partner Recognition Award 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, Warren
  • Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima
  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland
  • Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital
  • Mercy Health-Willard Hospital
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus

Congratulations to all the Ohio hospitals recognized. For more details go to the Practice Greenhealth website.

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“In a shifting health care landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community.”
- Gary Cohen,
Practice Greenhealth founder.