August 26, 2009
Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently earned the ENERGY STAR designation--the national mark of excellence in energy performance--from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy's joint program. Mercy is one of only two hospitals in Ohio and 87 nationwide to be awarded this distinction.
With an overall rating of 85 on an energy efficiency scale of zero to 100, the hospital is one of eight ENERGY STAR buildings in Canton. To obtain ENERGY STAR, facilities must pass a rigorous application process and an on-site review.
Richard Antenuce, manager of plant engineering and facilities at Mercy, says measuring up to strict ENERGY STAR standards is challenging for any hospital because of the 24/7/365 nature of the operation. Yet, improving Mercy's energy efficiency has been a "labor of love" for him and a team of qualified technicians for nearly 15 years--and counting.
"Energy management is an attitude, and it fits well with the hospital's mission," he says. "We strive not only to lower energy costs, but also to increase the comfort level of patients, their families and our visitors."
Antenuce adds that he's always had the full support of Mercy's administration on energy performance strategies. Mercy president and CEO Thomas E. Cecconi is pleased with the recent designation and commends Mercy staff members on a job well done.
"Earning the ENERGY STAR is a reflection of not only Mercy's commitment to becoming greener, but also the years of hard work and determination of our plant engineering group," Cecconi says. "They are an indispensable team when it comes to improving operational efficiency and an important contributor to overall patient care."
To learn more about ENERGY STAR and Mercy's designation, visit here.