Hospitals Outperform Similar US Buildings on Measure of Energy Efficiency

Six Valley Health System hospitals recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance, earning ratings between 92 and 100%. Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Valley hospitals implemented a variety of energy-efficient measures over the past five years including the installation of LED lighting and recommissioning HVAC systems to upgrade to current design standards, to earn this specialty certification.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Cindy Jacobs, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25% of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account the occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance at six hospitals, especially Desert Springs and Valley hospitals, which are both over 50 years old,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President, Acute Care Division for Universal Health Services, who oversees all Nevada hospitals.

“Our Facilities teams have worked diligently over the past five years to increase our energy efficiency.  Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations,” said Perez. “All of our hospitals are served by NV Energy, and they source some of their power from Hoover Dam. In southern Nevada, every little bit of conservation helps our community.”

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35% less energy, cause 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all 50 states have earned the ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit www.energystar.gov/buildings

About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System is comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. The Valley Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, pediatrics, weight loss surgery, acute rehabilitation, psychiatric services, wound care, outpatient therapy and home health services.

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