BARDSTOWN, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2021) – The Flaget Memorial Hospital – B Medical Office Building is a proud recipient of The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) 2020 Energy to Care Award. This distinction is reserved for the select few health care facilities that reduce energy consumption by 10 percent in a single year or 15 percent over two years. The facility has been recognized for reducing its energy intensity by a 14 percent energy reduction in 2019 compared to 2018.
“At Flaget Memorial Hospital, we are committed to doing our best to be a sustainable facility,” said Jennifer Nolan, president, Flaget Memorial Hospital. “These sustainability efforts not only help us save on energy and electricity costs, but also help provide a cleaner environment in our community by reducing carbon emissions. We are proud to be recognized as a facility that is helping to make the world a better, healthier place to live.”
To accomplish its sustainability goals, the facility partnered with a Kentucky-based energy management services company to utilize advanced building analytical tools to identify numerous opportunities that were leading to increased energy usage and comfort issues. This partnership has led to the following savings since 2016:
1,072,000 kWh – Electricity savings
504 MTCO2e – Carbon emission reduction, which equates to emissions from:
- 109 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- 65 homes’ energy use for one year
- $78,000 in energy cost savings
In addition to the high-level engagement of the facility staff, the existing building equipment and controls were optimized with state-of-the-art equipment and controls platform. Some of those optimizations include:
- Scheduled and optimized rooftop unit Economization sequences
- Implemented adaptive duct pressure and discharge air temperature reset sequences on roof top units
- Reviewed and optimized air flow requirements in spaces to alleviate overcooling and reheating
- Implemented time-of-day schedules to eliminate unnecessary equipment run hours
To learn more about the Energy to Care 2020 Award winners, visit https://www.energytocare.org/energy-care-awards-ashes-gold-standard-award-health-care-facility-energy-savings.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Flaget Memorial Hospital
Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of CHI Saint Joseph Health, is a 52-bed facility located in Bardstown, KY. Established in 1951 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the facility serves residents of Nelson, Hardin, Marion, Washington, Spencer, Bullitt and LaRue counties. The facility is also home to Nelson County’s first full-service cancer center.