As a mission-driven organization, Mercy Health remains committed to the health and wellness of patients and the communities it serves, according to a news release.
This includes a commitment to creating a sustainable culture through environmental stewardship and working with others to protect the environment and the health of people now and for future generations.
Through the efforts of a multi-stakeholder organization in its service, Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) established sustainable practices that earned the best environmental awards from Practice Greenhealth, a leading member of the hospital group, the release said. .
Bon Secours Mercy Health won the System for Change Award, which recognizes health systems that are working collaboratively to establish system-wide sustainability goals, track performance data, audits and support learning and implementation within their organizations, the release said.
The major health system achievements that led to the award are:
• To achieve systematic recycling at the central level of Practice Greenhealth; BSMH’s average of 27% exceeds the Practice Greenhealth target with five Bon Secours Mercy Health hospitals performing above the 90th percentile.
• Bon Secours Mercy Health phased out the use of desflurane as a shock absorber to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preventing approximately 1,671 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
Both Mercy Health – Lorain Hospital and Mercy Health – Allen Hospital received the Partner for Change Award, according to the release.
Some of their green efforts include upgrading to LED lighting, expanding automation, and using community gardens at both hospitals and Mercy Health – Cancer Center, the release said.
All proceeds are used in the hospital cafeteria or donated to those in need.
These actions demonstrate Bon Secours Mercy Health’s commitment to fostering a culture of sustainability in every area of health care, the release said.