Saint Joseph London Earns ENERGY STAR Rating Efficiency
September 15, 2014, London, Ky.— Saint Joseph London, part of KentuckyOne Health has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the hospital performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
The ENERGY STAR score for hospitals applies to general medical and surgical hospitals, including critical access hospitals and children’s hospitals. The energy use prediction for a building is compared to its actual energy use yielding a one to 100 percentile ranking of performance, relative to the national population. Saint Joseph London scored a 76, compared to the average hospital score of 50. Hospitals that earn ENERGY STAR scores similar to that of Saint Joseph’s use an average of 14 percent less energy and release 14 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than hospitals that score a 50 in performance ranking.
Justin Combs, Saint Joseph London Director of Plant Operations stated, “The entire plant operations team is to be commended for this achievement. It signifies wonderful stewardship on their part. Saint Joseph London is part of a very elite group of only four hospitals in the Commonwealth to achieve this award – in addition we are one of four hospitals in the Catholic Health Initiatives network nationwide to receive this distinction.”
Saint Joseph London improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. The hospital has prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use from 160 households for a year or 2,901 barrels of oil not burned.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Saint Joseph London partnered with Kentucky-based energy services company, Harshaw Trane, to identify and implement energy conservation measures:
- The facility team routinely received on-the-job training from Harshaw Trane on effective use of the Building Automation System and best practices in facility maintenance.
- Harshaw Trane Intelligent Services continuously monitors energy use and adjusts building systems for optimal performance.
- The “Just-in-Time filter program” ensures that filtration media provides maximum efficiency for the hospitals air handlers.
Harshaw Trane (www.harshawtrane.com) creates and sustains high performing, efficient and secure facility environments. An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider and is a founding member of the Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council. Harshaw Trane, recently honored as a 2013 and 2014 Best places to Work in Kentucky, is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana.