Doing Good for the Planet, Patients, Community
University Hospitals earned 15 Environmental Excellence Awards in 2014 from Practice Greenhealth, a leading national
organization promoting health care sustainability. Here are just a few UH sustainability highlights from 2014:
UH is purchasing antibiotic free ground beef, burger patties and chicken for our retail cafeterias, patient meals and catering. Here’s the reason: Overuse of antibiotics in livestock has caused bacteria to adapt and become resistant. Antibiotic-resistant strains now flourish, causing problems in health care and agriculture. By buying meat raised without unnecessary antibiotics, UH helps to slow the emergence of new antibiotic-resistant strains.
Healthy UH Interiors
Many furniture makers use chemicals that can be toxic to human health and diminish indoor air quality. UH is consciously working with our suppliers to choose furnishings that are free of harmful chemicals. Our efforts earned UH recognition as a leader within the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. The initiative’s 2014 national benchmark report held UH up as a standard-setter.
Improving Our Moving
130 UH employees participated in the National Bike Challenge in 2014. By using bikes more often instead of driving, the participants collectively burned more than 1.4 million calories – the equivalent of 400 pounds of fat – and avoided more than 15,000 pounds of motor-vehicle emissions. That’s the equivalent to driving a car two-thirds of the way around the globe. We’re also promoting mass-transit options for our employees at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Our efforts earned Bronze-level honors in the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency’s inaugural Commuter Choice Awards.
Read more highlights from another great year in the 2014 UH Annual Report.