Cleveland Clinic Receives Highest Award In Healthcare Sector For Environmental Programs

Cleveland Clinic Health System Facilities Also Received 21 Other Practice Greenhealth Awards

April 7, 2011

Cleveland Clinic received 22 environmental achievement awards this week from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.

Cleveland Clinic was again named a member of the Environmental Leadership Circle, Practice Greenhealth’s most prestigious award. The organization also recognized Cleveland Clinic Health System with other honors for its main campus, regional hospitals and family health centers.

“We continue to appreciate our employees’ commitment to stewardship of our environmental, community and economic resources as a path forward for our organization,” said Christina Vernon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Director, Sustainability and Environmental Strategy. “I’m truly impressed with the strides we have made. Together, we are supporting healthy environments for healthy communities.”

Environmental Leadership Circle membership recognizes healthcare facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices in health care. To be considered, facilities must meet the criteria for the mercury-free award, recycle at least 25 percent of their total waste stream, have implemented numerous other innovative pollution prevention programs, and are leaders in their community.

“Cleveland Clinic has been singled out for their efforts to protect patient health and preserve the environment,” said Anna Gilmore Hall, Executive Director of Practice Greenhealth. “Cleveland Clinic’s approach to health care demonstrates a keen understanding of the impact our activities have on the environment and a commitments to build on the achievements they have made so far.”

Practice Greenhealth also recognized several Cleveland Clinic Health System facilities with the following awards:

Partner Recognition Award – Recognizes healthcare facilities that have begun to work on environmental improvements, achieved some progress, and have less than 10 percent recycling rate for the total waste stream.

  • Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Euclid Hospital

Partner for Change Award – Recognizes healthcare facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction and pollution prevention programs. Facilities eligible for the Partner for Change must be recycling at least 10 percent of their total waste, have a mercury elimination program in place with a plan for total elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs.

  • Ashtabula County Medical Center
  • Beachwood Family Health Center
  • Brunswick Family Health Center
  • Independence Family Health & Surgery Center
  • Solon Family Health Center
  • Westlake Family Health Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Wooster
  • Fairview Hospital
  • Hillcrest Hospital
  • Huron Hospital
  • Lakewood Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Marymount Hospital
  • South Pointe Hospital
  • Strongsville Family Health Center
  • Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

Making Medicine Mercury Free Award – Recognizes facilities that have virtually eliminated mercury from their facilities and have demonstrated a commitment to continue to be mercury-free.

  • Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center

System for Change Award – Recognizes health systems that are working cohesively to gather data, set system goals, benchmark, and share successes in environmental performance. To be eligible for the “System for Change Award,” a minimum of 20 percent of the health system’s facilities must apply for and meet the minimum criteria for the Partner for Change award.

  • Cleveland Clinic Health System

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented this week in Phoenix in conjunction with CleanMed 2011, a global conference for environmental leaders in health care. For more information on the awards visit

Cleveland Clinic recently launched to provide details and resources on the hospital’s sustainability program.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at Follow us at

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