Ahead of Earth Day, the six hospitals of The Valley Health System are sharing some of the green practices currently in place.
When Henderson Hospital opened its doors on October 31, 2016, it had some of the latest technology and green practices available.
The 130-bed hospital is equipped with low-flow toilets, faucets and fixtures, which will contribute to an estimated 23 percent reduction in water usage over a standard building. The campus also features desert landscaping.
As part of its design and construction process, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, adhesives and flooring were used, which helped decrease the amount of toxins in the air. VOC materials have a large vapor pressure that release at room temperature.
Thirty-six bicycle racks are available for employees and visitors. The Security team also bikes around the campus during their patrols.
The environmental services team is using some water-based products like stainless steel cleaners, which are safer for both human health and the environment.
LED lighting is used in the majority of the hospital, offering energy economies of its lower power consumption. LED lights don’t generate as much heat as traditional lightbulbs, which means they require less cooling.
On cooler evenings, the hospital uses plate cooling instead of the chillers, thus reducing the electrical cost. Some common areas are set up on “economizer,” so on cool nights, 100 percent outside air is supplied, also bypassing the chillers and reducing the electrical cost.
Henderson Hospital has its own chilled water loop specifically for the operating rooms within the surgery and maternity departments. Because operating rooms are often cooler than the rest of the hospital, having a separate loop means it won’t drive the demand for the chilled water temperature of the entire hospital, thus contributing to energy savings.
The Energy Recovery System involves vapor barriers and energy recovery units. Vapor barriers are a type of wall construction that keeps humidity from leaking. Without these barriers, humidity can diffuse out of a space more quickly. Humidifying a space takes a lot of energy since water molecules like to stick together as a liquid. Energy recovery units take conditioned exhaust air and exchange both humidity and energy with fresh outside air. That means less humidification and mechanical conditioning is needed. This system enables the hospital to reduce its energy footprint and costs to humidify hospital spaces.
Henderson Hospital also has tankless water heaters, thus reducing the gas consumption via boilers and used in a supply and demand format.
Within their private rooms, patients can operate their thermostats for preferred room temperature.
Integrated design-design build partners for Henderson Hospital included Amfab Steel, Anning Johnson, Berg Electric, Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Excel Engineering, HMC Architects, Nova Geotech, Penta Building Group, SR Construction, Southland Industries, Southwick Landscaping, Turner Construction and Walker Engineering.
Best of the Rest within The Valley Health System
Centennial Hills Hospital will begin its lighting retrofit to LED lights in 2017, which includes the parking lots and most of the interior and exterior lighting. This practice helps reduce total energy consumption. Other Valley Health System hospitals have completed lighting retrofit projects in the past several years.
Desert Springs Hospital installed three high-efficiency hot water boilers for the main patient tower, and also built a new central plant with high-efficiency chillers and cooling tower, which helps reduce energy costs.
Onsite cardboard compactors are available, allowing the hospitals to recycle all cardboard and corrugated waste, which reduces the percentage of regular trash to be disposed.
The Valley Health System (VHS) cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com
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