Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky, is now a proud recipient of
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
2018 Energy to Care Award. This distinction is reserved for the select few healthcare facilities
that reduce energy consumption by 10% in a single year or 15% over two
years. Methodist Hospital is recognized for reducing their energy intensity
by 16% compared to 2016 and is one of only two hospitals in Kentucky to
receive this award in 2018.
To achieve these results, the Hospital partnered with Harshaw Trane to
utilize advanced building analytical tools to identify numerous system
inefficiencies that were leading to increased energy usage and comfort
issues. The sustainability efforts of the entire Methodist Hospital staff
have created a culture of continuous improvement that is reflected in
their substantial energy performance gains. Their high level of engagement,
openness to new suggestions and ideas, and willingness to partner has
the facility on path for continued success.
“We are very proud of the way all of our facilities team members
have embraced our energy conservation project and made it successful,”
said Jack Hogan, MBA, Vice President of Ancillary Services at Methodist
Hospital. "They have identified and corrected numerous inefficient
practices and upgraded equipment to not only save money, but improve performance,
comfort, and safety. Maintenance Supervisor Stephen Logsdon and his team
of facilities professionals, along with our energy consultants at Harshaw
Trane, are to be highly commended for this outstanding achievement.”
In addition to the high-level engagement of the facility staff, the existing
building equipment and controls were optimized to industry best practices.
Some of those optimizations include:
- Both the chilled water and airside systems were optimized to operate at
their lowest consumption levels while still meeting the comfort needs
of the facility.
- Using real-time energy data, facility staff can identify system performance
issues before they become major issues.
- The Hospital uses an OR critical dashboard that helps clinical and facility
staff know if critical systems are operating effectively to meet code
and patient needs.
Key Impact – Savings since 2017
- 2,600,000 kWh – Electricity savings
- 147,000 CCF – Natural gas savings
2,743 MTCO2e – Carbon emission reduction, which equates to emissions from:
- 587 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- 956 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
- 296 homes’ energy use for one year
- 91,801 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs
- Over $220,000 in energy cost savings
“Achieving more than a 10% reduction in energy intensity in a single
year is a tremendous feat,” said Eric DeLodder, energy engineer
at Harshaw Trane. “It has been an honor to work with the Methodist
Hospital facilities team and assist them on their continuous improvement
journey. I greatly appreciate our continued, trusted relationship, and
I am excited to be a part of future improvements.”