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Mercy Medical Center
1320 Mercy Dr. N.W.
Canton, OH 44708
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Facilities on the main campus of Mercy Medical Center have evolved over a number of years beginning with the construction of the A and C wings in the 1950s, the main building and Mercy Hall in the 1960s, the B wing and the medical office building in the 1980s, the surgery center in the 1990s and, most recently, the new state of the art intensive care unit (ICU) building in 2009. Over time, the older buildings have been adapted to meet hospital needs, including renovating and upgrading infrastructure with many energy-saving enhancements. The entire campus is approximately one million square feet.


The move to energy efficiency began in the early 1990s in preparation for the construction of the surgery center. At that time, deficiencies in the campus's cooling plant, emergency generator capacity, and electrical distribution capacity and redundancy were identified. These issues were addressed with a $5 million project in 1993 that included the following:

 New 3,600-ton cooling plant with three 1,200-ton centrifugal chillers.

-- New redundant switch gear including tie breaker.

-- Additional electrical distribution capacity.

-- Installation of Siemens Building Automation System.


Since that project, the energy management team has expanded the use and capabilities of the building automation system to include:

-- Control of air handling units including temperature set points, economizers, and night/weekend set back. Load shedding of selected air handlers reduces chiller plant electrical usage.

-- Control of each operating room including verification of air exchange rates and pressurization.

-- Control of all isolation/negative pressure rooms including monitoring of alarms.

-- Control of chiller plant including use of free cooling option and also resetting chilled water temperature based on outside air temperature/dew point.  


Managing electric demand in real time via a gateway is tied into the Siemens electrical switchgear. If additional chillers are needed, they are programmed to load over time, which in turn has lowered demand charges.     


Other key energy-saving enhancements undertaken since 1993 include:

-- Installing variable frequency drives (VFDs) on air handling units and pumps.

-- Retrofitting T-12 style fluorescent light fixture with T-8s and T-5s.

-- Eliminating most incandescent bulbs and replacing them with compact fluorescents (CFLs).

-- Power Factor Correction, presently at 96 percent.


After gradually building a green reputation through news releases and media coverage, Mercy held an ENERGY STAR award ceremony and invited the media to attend. Following the event, Mercy sent out a news release, promoted the award in its publications, and placed ENERGY STAR banners in strategic locations.


"Mercy recognizes the long-term importance of conservation and faithfully healing the earth. Our initiatives are helpful in challenging economic times but are here to stay. They will extend to all hospital areas because our mission calls us to be good stewards of the earth."

-- Jeff Smith, Senior Vice President and COO, Mercy Medical Center

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Sisters of Charity Health System or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Service Provider:
Mercy Medical Center

Building Owner:*
Sisters of Charity Health System

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2009 (85)
2010 (86)
2011 (78)
2012 (84)
2013 (84)
2014 (80)
2015 (79)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1008411 sf

Year Constructed: 1952

Contract Type: None
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant