Delaware - Main Bldg.
1615 Delaware St.
Longview, WA 98611
St. John Medical Center, a PeaceHealth hospital, is a 455,950 square foot acute care hospital and Level III Trauma Center. St. John was built in 1924 and has undergone several major additions over the years, in 1952, 1968, 1983 and 1999. Our 346 licensed bed facility provides emergency and acute health care services as well as initiatives and programs that enhance the health of the entire community. We provide a variety of services including emergency medical care, diagnostic care, surgical care, ambulatory care and physicians' office buildings. Serving a geographic area larger than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined; we are the most comprehensive medical facility between Olympia and Vancouver, Washington.
Energy management is a high priority at PeaceHealth hospitals. The PeaceHealth organization has adopted a Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) to address energy management issues at all our regional facilities. The PeaceHealth Facilities Counterpart Group (FCG) comprised of a C-level executive sponsor, three vice presidents, five directors and other facility personnel is responsible for execution of the SEMP. The FCG has two co-champions that promote energy management throughout the system. The primary goal of our SEMP is to reduce system-wide energy consumption by 10% over three years, which we estimate could save about $800,000 across the system.
Some of our energy-efficient technologies and strategies include:
We have retrofitted all T12 lamps with T8 lamps. We mandate installation of T5s for all new lights installed as a result of renovation or new construction projects. We have also attempted to replace most incandescent lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). We invested $44,749 in a garage lighting upgrade in 2006. The project replaced 248 sodium halide lamps with more energy-efficient T5 fluorescent fixtures with electronic ballasts and photocell light controls. The lighting upgrade significantly improved light levels in the garage, reliability, and energy efficiency. We financed this project internally expect to see a payback period of 5.5 years.
Energy efficiency was a key component of the renovation of central chilled water plant. New technologies installed included a heat exchanger for the first stage of cooling, variable frequency drives (VFD) on our 400 ton chiller for the second stage of cooling, and VFDs installed on cooling tower and secondary chilled water pumps. We also replaced an air handler, used VFD fans, and low resistance electronic air filters. We also invested $17,642 in a boiler control upgrade, completely overhauling a 1968 Cleaver Brooks steam boiler. We replaced all original controls with state of the art electronic controls. We also added an Oxygen Trim system to more precisely meter use of natural gas and air. This project had a 3.7 year payback.
ENERGY STAR Qualified Products
We always consider ENERGY STAR first during purchasing decisions. All PCs and televisions in our facility are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Operations and Maintenance (O&M) procedures are a very important aspect of our SEMP. The SEMP calls for O&M as well as sharing best practices, and training staff to implement new best practices. We have an extensive preventative maintenance program managed by a Computer Automated Maintenance (CAM) system. We are currently planning building tune-ups in our medical office building which should be completed in mid-2008. We conduct annual infrared analysis of electrical circuits, annual analysis of stream traps, annual vibration analysis of electrical motors, and annual test and balance of critical air handling systems. We are currently reviewing our building schedules for proper stop/start times, set backs, and set points which we expect to result in additional energy savings.
As part of our continuous approach to energy management, we continue to plan and implement energy savings technologies and practices. We are currently in the process of upgrading our Building Automated System (BAS) and lighting, and are planning for retro-commissioning of our facilities.
At St. John Medical Center we continuously strive to improve efficiency in our operations. Our system uses EPAs Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy use of our facilities. We recognize that ENERGY STAR is a brand name for energy-efficiency; it demonstrates our energy savings commitment to our community, staff, and patients. We track our buildings energy performance solely through Portfolio Manager. We track all our energy data in-house, so no outside support is needed. We are the first of the PeaceHealth facilities to earn the ENERGY STAR.
We are currently developing a program and strategy for employee outreach. The PeaceHealth executive team reviewed and approved our SEMP and we communicate with them regularly on our projects and successes. We also promote our initiatives to our community through various press releases and newspaper articles.
"An energy management strategy is an opportunity for terrific hospital savings, and a system wide plan provides a strong focus, synergy, a way to parlay the knowledge of our facilities people across our entire hospital system."
-- Medrice Coluccio, Chief Executive Officer, St John Medical Center
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by PeaceHealth 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.
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)
Total Floorspace: 471982.88 sf
Year Constructed: 1968
Contract Type: None