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Bronson Hospital
601 John Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Bronson Methodist Hospital, located on a 1.3 million square foot campus, is the flagship facility of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 343 licensed beds and all-private rooms, Bronson provides care in virtually every specialty and has advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a JCAHO certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region's only accredited Chest Pain Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only four children's hospitals in the state. The hospital is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence, and earned the ENERGY STAR in 2005.

The staff at Bronson is constantly looking for new ways to reduce energy use and support the organization's plan to enhance energy savings from previous years. In 2000, Bronson completely redeveloped its campus, closing or demolishing old energy inefficient buildings and replacing them with new hospital construction, complete with energy-efficient technology. The new construction on the hospital's South Campus consists of two patient care pavilions and a medical office pavilion in one contiguous design. On the North Campus, several older buildings continue to be used for administrative functions, and one building - the North Pavilion - has been developed as a third patient care pavilion.

Bronson's diverse, cross-departmental energy team includes a vice president, director of facilities, plant operations staff, a conservation coordinator and finance specialists. The team follows the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) method, wherein they track and monitor energy usage across power systems, identify areas of savings, and then prepare an action plan to implement energy improvement projects. The conservation coordinator tracks energy consumption and, with occasional assistance from the engineering team, investigates any irregularities. 

As part of efforts to improve energy performance on the hospital campus, Bronson regularly conducts technology upgrades and has established a maintenance program for periodic monitoring of equipment and services. 

Lighting:  The South Campus buildings are outfitted with T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts, as well as light emitting diode (LED) exit signs. The North Pavilion was retrofitted with equally efficient technology.

Fan and Pump Systems:  An effective equipment replacement program helps Bronson replace old fan and pump systems as they reach their lifetime expectancy. Staff replaces the old equipment with models that have variable speed drives and, when possible, with energy-efficient motors. The fan and pump systems are controlled electronically and outputs are monitored 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC):  The entire Bronson campus was outfitted with high efficiency chillers and chilled water systems. HVAC systems are maintained on a regular basis to ensure that outdated chillers are replaced in a timely manner.  Non-critical areas in the hospital, including business office areas, have programmable temperature-set points to control heating and cooling.  

Bronson employs an aggressive, campus-wide maintenance program based on manufacturer recommendations that begins with equipment purchase.  All maintenance is done on site and employees are trained for optimal implementation of the maintenance program.  Along with the maintenance program, the hospital is dedicated to educating all staff members about employing efficient practices, such as turning lights off, and making sure they are knowledgeable about ENERGY STAR qualified products. 


Bronson continues to look for opportunities to improve efficiency and achieve improved savings. In the future, Bronson will extend what it has learned in the hospital setting to its medical offices and other off-campus service locations with a goal of earning the ENERGY STAR for all facilities within the Bronson Healthcare Group.


"Bronson strives to create a healthy, healing environment for our patients, staff and the community that we serve. We focus on pollution prevention, energy conservation and sustainable building designs. Earning the ENERGY STAR affirms Bronson's efforts. Energy consumption has decreased 20 percent at Bronson since 2001. From updated computer monitors and energy-efficient light bulbs and exit signs, engaging staff and creating a culture of environmental consciousness has really been the key to our success."

-- Mike Way, VP, Materials Management & Facility Mgmt, Bronson Methodist Hospital

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Bronson Healthcare Group 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:*
Bronson Healthcare Group

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Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2005 (87)
2006 (88)
2007 (83)
2008 (84)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 1355295 sf

Year Constructed: 2000

Contract Type: Internal Resources

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