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Lancaster General Hospital
555 N Duke
Lancaster, PA 17604
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Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) is a 1.28-million-square-foot facility with 542 licensed beds, located in the historic downtown district of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The original building was constructed in the mid-1900s and has had many additions since. The latest expansion occurred in 2004, when a 260,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art orthopedic center and 78,000-square-foot expansion/remodel of the main lobby were completed.

As with most healthcare facilities, equipment had been adequately maintained over the years. However, with looming electrical deregulation and the uncertainty of healthcare reform, LGH made the decision to initiate a major review of the Hospital's infrastructure with ENERGY STAR energy management best practices in mind.

In 2009, LGH partnered with GE and other business partners to perform an intense 3-day energy treasure hunt. Using the tools provided, over 83 opportunities for improvement were recognized and another 19 were subsequently identified.

With support from the Lancaster General Health (LG Health) leadership team, LGH took on the ENERGY STAR challenge to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent.

Through a concerted effort, LGH has earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. Because of this hands-on exercise, we have changed the culture of the Facilities Management Department and look forward to using our internal communications vehicles and EPA's ENERGY STAR tools and resources to educate our staff regarding the importance of using energy efficiently both in the workplace and at home.

The following are examples of some of the areas identified as opportunities for improvement where change was implemented:

1. Implemented a steam trap replacement program.
2. Developed a lighting control and conservation program.
3. Reviewed our air compressor needs and matched current demand to a more efficient supply source.
4. Implemented a management program to assess, maintain, and replace variable speed drives to obtain optimum equipment efficiency.
5. Reviewed our piping for thermal losses and integrity as well as reinsulated piping with more efficient insulation.
6. Replaced a 1964 chiller with an efficiency of 1KW/ton with a new 1,000-ton chiller with a higher efficiency of .56 KW/ton.
7. Developed a water conservation program and identified opportunities to recycle water sources.
8. Collaborated with our internal customers to identify opportunities to conserve energy consumption in their individual areas.
9. Developed a training program for our Building Automation System (BAS) Operators.
10. Conducted an ASHRAE level II energy audit to optimize performance and to discover additional opportunities to reduce our energy consumption.

Using EPA's no-cost energy management system, Portfolio Manager, and other ENERGY STAR resources gave us easy access to the tools necessary to measure our facilities and to verify that actions taken will make a difference for the organization and the communities we serve. We used the services of Barton Engineering to provide a Statement of Energy Performance certifying our data.


The Energy Summit team briefed LG Health senior management on the energy benchmarking results and is working with the Public Relations Team to use many of EPA's ENERGY STAR tools and tactics to educate and create awareness of our actions and planned actions to come.


"Utilizing ENERGY STAR as both a benchmarking resource and for the tools they provide, we look forward to carrying out our energy reduction initiatives while maintaining Lancaster General Hospital's Mission, Vision, and Values and to providing a safe, sustainable environment for our patients, families, visitors, and staff."

-- Larry Dunn, CHFM, Director Facilities Mgmt., Lancaster General Hospital

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Lancaster General Hospital 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.

Building Owner:*
Lancaster General Hospital

Property Manager:*
Lancaster General Hospital

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (76)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1281688 sf

Year Constructed: 1980

Contract Type: None
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies