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Barnesville Hospital Melvin Creeley Environmental Award Winner

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has named Barnesville Hospital as one of eleven recipients of the Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award for its efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and comply with environmental regulations.

The award recognizes health systems that promote sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. The award is named after the retired president and CEO of East Liverpool City Hospital, Melvin Creeley, who served as past chair of OHAs Environmental Leadership Council.

Specifically, Barnesville Hospital has implemented waste reduction programs, recycling initiatives and other activities to preserve the health of the planet for future generations. Among its many environmental accomplishments, Barnesville Hospital continues recycling programs for cardboard, shredded confidential documents, mixed plastics, mixed glass, steel & aluminum cans, motor oil, computers, mixed paper, batteries, mixed scrap metals, & used linens. Additionally, outdated medical & surgical supplies are donated to support care missions in third-world countries.

In 2015, Barnesville Hospital processed almost 200 ton of waste through its waste stream. This included such things as solid waste, recyclable solids, regulated medical waste, hazardous waste, and recycled hazardous wastes. The recycling campaign has continued to grow. Efforts have expanded to Morristown Clinic, Morristown Pharmacy and Homecare, and Barnesville Medical Center. In addition, pharmaceutical take-back events are being held throughout the service area.

Barnesville Hospital has previously been recognized on a national level as a leader in reducing mercury in healthcare and as a recipient of the Partner for Change Award for environmental stewardship. Additionally, Barnesville Hospital was the recipient of OHA’s 2009 John Chapman Award, which recognizes a hospital that has shown excellence in initiating or supporting pollution prevention programs.

On Saturday April 30th Barnesville Hospital, Morristown Pharmacy and Ohio Hills Health Services will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Unwanted medications will be accepted from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Morristown Pharmacy parking lot.