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April 18, 2012

Contact: Deanna Martin
dmartin@aha.org
312-422-3819

Thirty-three hospitals recognized for cutting energy consumption

CHICAGO – A total of 33 health care facilities in six states won recognition from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association for cutting their energy consumption more than 10 percent-an accomplishment that not only helps the environment but also allows hospitals to direct more resources to patient care.

The recognition from ASHE is part of the Society's Energy Efficiency Commitment (E2C) program, which encourages hospitals across the country to reduce their energy consumption by 10 percent or more in support of the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® Challenge.

ASHE Executive Director Dale Woodin, CHFM, FASHE, said ASHE is honored to recognize each of the E2C award winners.

"Each of them has demonstrated a significant commitment to energy efficiency over an extended period of time,” Woodin said. “This commitment directly translates into improvements in their facility operations and their environment. In addition, the resources that they saved can be returned to support the core mission of the organization, to provide outstanding care to patients."

The 33 hospitals&mash;which were recognized by ASHE ahead of Earth Day on April 22—used various strategies to save energy.

"ASHE is a long-standing partner of EPA's ENERGY STAR program and their E2C award winning hospitals demonstrate that energy efficiency is one of the fastest and easiest ways to save money, protect the climate, and improve the health of all Americans," said Clark Reed, national program manager for ENERGY STAR Commercial Building Outreach at the U.S. EPA. “Their ability to engage everyone-not just facility engineers-to find energy waste, report it, and fix it is unique and extremely valuable."

Several facilities have been previously recognized through the program for lowering energy consumption and were recognized again this spring for saving even more energy. ASHE recognized the following hospitals for their leadership in reducing energy consumption over a 12-month period:

  • Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • Park Ridge Health in Fletcher, N.C., reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland, N.J., reduced energy by 25 percent.
  • Good Samaritan in Cincinnati, Ohio, reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • Texas Children's Hospital West Tower in Houston reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas, reduced energy by 20 percent
  • Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute in Houston reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston reduced energy by 15 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest Heart and Vascular Institute in Houston reduced energy by 25 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas, reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center in Houston reduced energy by 35 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble, Texas, reduced energy by 25 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Northwest MP1 in Houston reduced energy by 15 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Northwest MP2 in Houston reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Southeast MP1 in Houston reduced energy by 25 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Sugar Land MP1 in Sugar Land, Texas, reduced energy by 30 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest MP1 in Houston reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest MP2 in Houston reduced energy by 30 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest MP3 in Houston reduced energy by 30 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands MP1 in The Woodlands, Texas, reduced energy by 20 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands MP3 in The Woodlands, Texas, reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Memorial Hermann Westside MP1 in Houston reduced energy by 25 percent.
  • Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill., reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Advocate Eureka Hospitals in Eureka, Ill., reduced energy by 15 percent.
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., reduced energy by 10 percent.
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago reduced energy by 15 percent.
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., reduced energy by 15 percent.
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago reduced energy by 20 percent.

Additional information on ASHE's E2C initiative [now Energy to Care program) is available at http://energytocare.com A list of E2C winners since the program began in 2006 is available at http://energytocare.com/awards-winners.

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