Message from Tom Zenty, CEO of University Hospitals

Dear friends,

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

University Hospitals’ healing mission extends beyond clinical care, and beyond our facilities’ walls. In fact, from its inception in 1866 as a community hospital established by Cleveland civic leaders to care for the sick and disabled, UH was born from a commitment to stewardship of our community’s health, and an ethos of social responsibility. These values remain integral to who we are today.

To create healing spaces for the patients we serve, and to protect our community and our planet, we are committed to optimizing environmental, social and economic well-being through smart and responsible operating practices.

As a leading academic health system deeply rooted in service to our community, we understand that we have an opportunity and an obligation to leverage our influence both locally and nationally. We employ hiring and purchasing practices that support an inclusive, vibrant and sustainable local economy. We share best practices with our peer institutions and help to shape the national health care sustainability movement.

This Progress Report details key milestones from 2015 in advancing our four pillars of sustainability: Building Well, Operating Well, Buying Well and Living Well. Including a breadth of topic areas from food purchasing to transportation, from safer chemicals to energy efficiency, from waste management to employee engagement, we share both accomplishments and opportunities for continuous improvement.

Thank you for your interest in our journey. We invite you to be part of it. Together, we can steward a healthy environment for current and future generations, as we advance our mission: To Heal. To Teach. To Discover.

Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals

2015 Progress Report on Sustainability

2015 Progress Report on Sustainability

View the online report or download the summary. You can also view our archived progress reports here.

13 Environmental Excellence awards

UH earned 13 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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