Columbus – Mount Carmel Health System received the John Chapman Award from the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) at the association’s 2013 Annual Meeting.
According to OHA, the award recognizes a hospital or health system that has demonstrated leadership in guiding their organization toward the goals of environmental sustainability, regulatory compliance, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention, all of which are proven to result in healthier hospital workforces and communities.
“Mount Carmel works every day to fulfill our mission to steward the resources entrusted to us, which include our environment. We believe that these efforts are having a positive impact on the health of our community and we are honored to be recognized by the Ohio Hospital Association for these initiatives,” said Claus von Zychlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Carmel Health System.
According to the OHA’s award announcement, Mount Carmel achieved 33.1 percent of recycling in 2012, hosted many community events and engagements including medication take-back activities, mercury thermometer swaps, emergency and safety fairs and earth day events. In addition, the health system has implemented a pharmacy waste program and conducted a system-wide energy master plan to identify areas for improvement.
“This award recognizes the dedication of our associates, physicians and volunteers in taking a leadership role in environmental sustainability. We are excited about this honor and look forward to building upon our efforts moving forward,” said Christine Browning, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Mount Carmel.
The John Chapman Award is named after John Chapman or “Johnny Appleseed,” who planted thousands of apple trees across the Midwest during the 19th century.
Mount Carmel was also named one of 15 Ohio recipients of the Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award in 2013. This was the second consecutive year Mount Carmel has won that award.