St. Anthony's Hospital Earns EPA's ENERGY STAR For Superior Energy Efficiency For Second Year|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 10, 2010) - St. Anthony's Hospital again 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's buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
In 2009 St. Anthony's was the first hospital in Florida, and one of only 86 hospitals in the nation, to initially achieve this recognition.
"We have committed ourselves to maintaining our energy conservation efforts year over year and are pleased to have been able to earn the ENERGY STAR rating for a second year," said Ronald Colaguori, vice president of operations for St. Anthony's Hospital. The fact that we can consistently improve our energy performance while maintaining comfort for patients and visitors, speaks to the commitment of all hospital staff members. Conserving energy takes the participation of everyone in all hospital departments.
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. St. Anthony's improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, St. Anthony's took the following actions:
•· Installing energy management device onto the hospital's cooling systems
•· Retrofitting lighting controls
•· Using more energy efficient light bulbs
•· Shutting off computers, printers and other non-essential equipment when not in use
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, data centers, 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. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings
About St. Anthony's Hospital
St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.
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