Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Earns EPA's Energy Star for Superior Energy Efficiency
Darby, PA (December 3, 2012) - Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (MFH) 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 79 year old building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“Having earned the EPA's ENERGY STAR is a great accomplishment in our energy efficiency efforts," said Karen Javie, MFH’s Executive Director/Administrator. “Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare while reducing its impact on the environment and promoting sustainability.”
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
MFH improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building. The hospital has been able to utilize 35% less energy and generate 35% less greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.
MFH is the only hospital in Delaware County to earn this ENERGY STAR recognition.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized for our energy conservation efforts,” said Brian Cassidy, Director of Facilities Management at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. “We have been working diligently throughout the years to make the hospital an eco-friendly institution, and we are very proud to accept the EPA’s Energy Star.”
To earn the ENERGY STAR, the MFH's Facilities Department instituted a number of programs and initiatives including:
- Replacement of various equipment with newer, more efficient models.
Programmed fans throughout the hospital to shut down at various times throughout the evening.
- Utilized the Metasys system to control night time setbacks and set points in all occupied and unoccupied areas of the facility.
- Developed repair program to identify and repair steam leaks, to do immediate trap replacement and to lower water usage. Steam valves were fitted, insulated, repaired or replaced as necessary
- Replaced all exit lights with new LEDs. Installed light sensors, timers, photo light controls and motion sensors throughout the hospital.
- Purchased and installed Energy Star logo electronic saving bulbs throughout the hospital.
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government.
Since 2010, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 33 million vehicles.