Published on October 30, 2018

Owensboro Health Facilities team members, along with members of the health system's administration team and representatives from Harshaw Trane, pose with with plaques commemorating Owensboro Health's receiving of the 2018 Energy to Care Award from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering.

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital receives Energy to Care Award

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital (OHRH) is now a proud recipient of The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) 2018 Energy to Care Award. This distinction is reserved for the select few healthcare facilities that reduce energy consumption by 10% in a single year or 15% over two years. Owensboro is recognized for reducing their energy intensity by 11% in 2017 and is one of only two hospitals in Kentucky to receive this award in 2018.

To achieve these results, the hospital partnered with Harshaw Trane to utilize advanced building analytical tools to identify numerous system inefficiencies that were leading to increased energy usage and comfort issues. OHRH has been working relentlessly since 2014 to become more sustainable. Overall, they have decreased their energy consumption by 18% over the past four years. Much of that improvement occurred in 2017, when major energy savings initiatives were implemented. These accomplishments were made possible by a high level of dedication and engagement on the part of Owensboro Health Facilities staff’.

“In Owensboro Health’s Facilities department, we are always looking for opportunities to further enhance the services we provide. Our motto is, ‘We take care of patients, too,’” said Owensboro Health Executive Director of Facilities Joe Taylor. “I’ve challenged the facilities staff to contribute to our energy conservation efforts and their commitment to that goal has been a key to our success. We also have the benefit of great leadership from our administrative team and board of directors. They have thrown their support behind our energy conservation efforts and as a result, we’re a leader in energy conservation efforts in our community.”

In addition to the high-level engagement of the facility staff, the existing building equipment and controls were optimized to industry best practices. Some of those optimizations include:

  • Both the chilled water and airside systems were optimized to operate at their lowest consumption levels while still meeting the comfort needs of the facility
  • Using real-time energy data, facility staff can identify system performance issues before they become major issues
  • The hospital uses an OR critical dashboard that helps clinical and facility staff know if critical systems are operating effectively to meet code and patient needs

“Owensboro Health is dedicated to providing superior patient care,” said Christy Fetsch, Account Manager at Harshaw Trane. “Their commitment to utilizing energy savings and efficiency gains helps them continue this mission while creating a sustainable environment for their patients 
and community.”

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit owensborohealth.org.