June 7, 2010
OSHKOSH, Wis. – Mercy Medical Center, part of Affinity Health System, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. This signifies that the building’s energy performance rates in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide.
Mercy Medical Center joins St. Elizabeth Hospital as the only two hospitals in the state of Wisconsin to receive the award. Both hospitals are part of Affinity Health System.
“Affinity Health System is pleased to have two of its entities recognized by this prestigious award,” said Gary Kusnierz, vice president Performance Excellence, Affinity Health System. “We’re extremely proud of being the only two hospitals in the state to currently hold this environmental award. Through our mission as a Catholic health care provider we’re committed to being stewards of all of our resources and are proud to see the result of these efforts.”
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. Affinity Health System improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings. Mercy Medical Center has experienced an annual savings of $129,000 due to energy savings.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, Mercy Medical Center took the following actions:
- Promotes a culture of continuous improvement on all facility infrastructure operations
- Continues to identify measures of success that will improve energy usage
- Replaced an inefficient dishwasher that consumed high amounts of water with an energy efficient dishwasher
- Installed state of the art boiler controls that allow the boilers to run at maximum efficiency
- Installed a feedwater economizer that maximizes the efficiency by using the exhaust gases from the boiler to preheat the cold water used to fill it