Mease Dunedin Hospital Earns EPA's ENERGY STAR for Superior Energy Efficiency|
DUNEDIN, Fla. (November 15, 2010) - Mease Dunedin Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the hospital's buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide in energy conservation. Mease Dunedin is one of only 86 hospitals in the nation, to initially achieve this recognition.
"We are pleased to have the distinguished ENERGY STAR rating," said, Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer for Mease Dunedin. "We strive to maintain the comfort of our patients and visitors while conserving energy.
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. Mease Dunedin 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, Mease Dunedin took the following actions:
•· Installing energy management device onto 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
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved nearly $17 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles.
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship and warehouses.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit www.energystar.gov/buildings
About Mease Dunedin Hospital
Established in 1937, Mease Dunedin Hospital is a 143-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. In May 2005 Mease Dunedin was recognized as an industry leader in congestive heart care when it received the Premier Award for Quality from Premier Healthcare Informatics, a national alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems. Mease Dunedin Hospital is located at 601 Main St., Dunedin, Fla., (727) 733-1111.
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 195 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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