Sentara RMH Medical Center received the Crystal Award in Sustainability for Healthcare at the second annual Energy and Sustainability Conference, held Feb. 11-12 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Paul Ketron, director, Facilities Management, for Sentara RMH, received the award and also presented at the conference, which was hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Over 500 business and industry leaders attended to learn how sustainability is changing some organizations and how others are adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance business results. They also shared their experiences.
The “Crystal Awards in Sustainability” recognize Virginia companies and institutions for their environmental sustainability achievements. Winners were selected in the fields of government, higher education, commercial real estate, K-12 schools, healthcare and manufacturing.
“It is an honor to be recognized by statewide colleagues and be included in the select group of awardees,” said Ketron. “At Sentara RMH, we have an outstanding team of committed Facilities Management staff who work diligently to maximize our resources to not just maintain the status-quo, but to press to higher levels of achievement. This award is a validation of their work.”
Sentara RMH Medical Center was awarded Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification for its new facility, which opened in June 2010. It was the first healthcare facility of its size to receive LEED certification in the state of Virginia.
Ketron said that the new hospital’s Central Energy Plant was measured recently and found to be operating at an efficiency level of 0.6, significantly better than the national average of 1.0. This number is based on tons of cooling produced by number of kilowatts used, he explained.
“With the continuous drive to use energy efficiently and lower operating costs, we have taken the benefits of the new hospital design and built upon them,” said Ketron. “We have reduced the hospital’s utility expense by over $2.00 per square foot from our previous facility on Cantrell Avenue [in Harrisonburg].”
Ketron added that the hospital captures heat off the boiler exhausts to heat water for the Central Energy Plant as well as a large section of the lower level of the hospital. The hospital also leverages its well water to offset some Central Energy Plant processes, and it uses landfill gas to fuel boilers for hot water and steam production.