A Message from the Office of Sustainability

What’s good for the planet is good for our patients, staff and community.

Thanks to interdisciplinary collaboration from leaders across our organization and community partners, University Hospitals made great strides in 2014 in advancing our commitment to embedding social, environmental and economic considerations into all of our business practices. Through this work, we are making a commitment not only to our stakeholders of today, but also to future generations, that we will do our part to steward a healthy environment for them to inherit.

WE MEASURED AND CELEBRATED OUR PROGRESS IN ALL SIX OF THE NATIONAL HEALTHIER HOSPITALS INITIATIVE (HHI) CHALLENGE AREAS:

Less Waste | Safer Chemicals | Leaner Energy | Smarter Purchasing | Healthier Foods | Engaged Leadership

The HHI, a national quality improvement initiative, accelerates the health care sector’s improvement in environmental performance.

We are sincerely grateful for our growing network of collaborators and supporters who work with us to advance our sustainability commitment, both within our organization and in our community. We hope you find this 2014 Progress Report on Sustainability to be engaging, informative and inspiring. This report focuses on accomplishments in 2014 and therefore builds on the work outlined in previous years’ reports, which are also available online.

Thank you for your interest and support. For questions and feedback, email us at GreeningUH@UHhospitals.org. We look forward to continued collaboration in building a healthier, more resilient, sustainable future for our patients, our staff, our Northeast Ohio community and beyond.

Aparna Bole, Sarah O’Keeffe, and Matthew Pietro

APARNA BOLE, MD, FAAP
Sustainability Manager, University Hospitals Medical Director, Community Integration
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

SARAH O’KEEFFE, MBA
Sustainability Specialist, University Hospitals

MATTHEW PIETRO, LEED AP
Sustainability Specialist, University Hospitals

10 Environmental Excellence awards

UH earned 10 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award. The awards recognize our health system’s achievements in environmental-sustainability programs and improvements during 2015.

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