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St. Anthony's Hospital Recognized for Superior Energy Efficiency Practices and Programs for Third Straight Year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2011) – St. Anthony’s Hospital once again ranks among leading facilities nationwide  recognized for superior energy efficiency, earning it the prestigious ENERGY STAR for the third consecutive year.

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy that is designed to minimize energy consumption, cut costs and reduce impact on the environment through voluntary energy-efficient products and practices. ENERGY STAR’s ability to help businesses, organizations and consumers across the country reduce energy consumption and costs in 2010 was estimated at $18 billion. 

St. Anthony’s was the first hospital in Florida, and one of only 86 throughout the U.S., to qualify for an ENERGY STAR designation in 2009. Since then, this leading health care provider has continued to incorporate energy efficiencies throughout its operations to better manage costs and improve its conservation efforts.

“Earning the ENERGY STAR designation for three years running is a sign of our commitment to on-going efforts to consume less energy, create less waste and decrease our impact on the environment,” said Ronald Colaguori, vice president of operations for St. Anthony’s Hospital. “We will always be diligent about maintaining a high quality of care and level of comfort for our patients, staff and visitors but we are also committed to participating in conservation efforts in every area of hospital operations.”

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:

  • Educating the team on the energy management devices that control 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
  • Utilization  of  perimeter  natural lighting in the parking garage with the use of light-sensing switches and timers
  • Use  of  lighting timers and motion sensors in public restrooms and environmental services utility closets
  • The study and recording of building utility loads to learn the cost energy-efficient set point of  the mechanical equipment and how it relates to the utility’s cost schedule
  • The  resetting of temperature settings in unoccupied areas of the building without  compromising the air flow /air pressure relationships and humidity control
  • Being cautious of peak demand times initiated  by  Progress Energy and making sure not to  start  heavy-loaded equipment during these times
  • Prioritization of the capital replacements of older, less utility-efficient mechanical equipment    

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. As St. Anthony’s celebrates its 80th year in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.  St. Anthony’s has received the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology.

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 200 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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