Letter from our CEO

Thomas F. Zenty III - Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals

Dear Friends,

The ethical foundation of health and medicine professions begins with a simple, powerful pledge: “First, do no harm.”

We at University Hospitals hold ourselves to a similar pledge when it comes to our place on the planet. We recognize that smart choices about our operations can advance the health and sustainability of our community – locally and globally. So we actively seek opportunities to promote social, economic and environmental well-being by:

Building Well, Operating Well, Buying Well and Living Well

Our system’s large size, deep roots and national reputation put us in a position to lead. We accept the challenge. UH adopts and adapts the best practices in green design and construction, including specifications requiring materials that promote healthy indoor air quality and respect the environment. We’re showing how large institutions can support their local economies and create jobs by giving preference to local and diverse vendors. We collaborate within our community to develop a nimble, high-quality workforce. We eagerly exchange ideas with our patients, staff and visitors about healthy and sustainable practices that can be applied at home. And UH works with local and regional institutions to encourage sustainable, vibrant neighborhood development in the communities we serve.

We constantly look for ways to broaden our positive impact. That’s why UH participated in 2014 in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Sustainable and Climate Resilient Healthcare Facilities Initiative, which provides tools and resources for health care facilities to prepare for the effects of climate change and increase their resilience.

This Progress Report is our way of demonstrating that our commitment to sustainability is an ongoing one. We invite you to learn about our journey and join us in our efforts to be better to our world as we advance our mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.

Chief Executive Officer, 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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