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Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
501 South 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Mercy Philadelphia Hospital (MPH) is a 613,550-square-foot acute care community hospital located in West Philadelphia, PA. We are community healthcare in action and pride ourselves on meeting the growing and ever-changing needs of our community through comprehensive inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, education, and preventive programs. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is an award-winning facility providing high quality care to the West and Southwest Philadelphia communities.


In 2010, Mercy Philadelphia received multiple recognitions and awards, including the 2010 Premier Award for Quality from Premier healthcare alliance, the American Heart Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award and Get With The GuidelinesSM Heart Failure Silver Performance Achievement Award, American College of Surgeons' three-year accreditation of the Mercy Cancer Care program, and multiple accreditations from the American College of Radiology Accreditations for Mercy Philadelphia's Radiology Department.


The Sisters of Mercy purchased the land in 1915 and officially opened the hospital we know as Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in 1918. Over the years, many additions and changes have occurred to the original building, and we are proud to say that the changes are always made with community needs in mind. The hospital is owned by the Mercy Health System, a member of Catholic Health East (CHE).


Recognizing the need to continue to look for more ways to become energy efficient in difficult economic times, the hospital conducted an assessment of the entire building in 2007. After reviewing the assessment results, the Director of the Facility Department, along with the facility staff, developed and implemented a plan to reduce energy usage. That plan culminated with the hospital receiving an ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 90 in 2010.


Under the direction of Jerry Moyer, the Director of Facilities, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital has been able to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance because of its commitment to reducing energy costs. The hospital utilizes 35 percent less energy and generates 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital continues to look for ways everyday to become a more efficient user of the earth's scarce resources.


Over the past 3 years, the following opportunities and improvements were accomplished:

-- Replaced a 47-year-old, 450 ton carrier chiller with an efficient 750 ton chiller and mounted variable frequency drive (VFD) and installed a new Evapco cooling tower with 50 HP VFD on the tower fan.

-- Replaced 37-year-old, 100 hp chilled water pumps and condensed pump.

-- Cross-connected a 37-year-old, 250 ton carrier chiller to the new 750 ton chiller in the power plant. This connection allowed the hospital to remove all costs associated with the 250 ton chiller pumps and water tower.

-- Utilized an energy management system (EMS) to accomplish a 10-percent night time energy set point on the new 750 ton chiller.

-- Installed economizers and timers throughout the facility on all air handling units (AHUs).
-- Programmed fans throughout the hospital to shut down at various times throughout the evening.

-- Utilized the Metasys system to control night time setbacks and set points in all occupied and unoccupied areas of the facility.

-- Installed EMS for all portable hot water: 120 degrees from 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 100 degrees from 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

-- Replaced all water-cooled A/C units and ice machines with more efficient equipment.

-- Replaced a 1946 Keeler boiler with a new 600 hp Clever Brooks with dual fuel fired.

-- Placed night time set backs on the house heat to 1 lb. low pressure steam.

-- Installed a new steam sterilizer that allowed the facility to lower high steam pressure from 90 lbs. to 75 lbs.

-- Developed a daily patient room repair program to identify and repair steam leaks, to immediately replace traps, and to lower water usage. In large mechanical rooms, we identify steam traps that are passing and make immediate repairs or replacements.

-- Insulated heat exchangers and piping.

-- Replaced a 21-year-old 25 gpm Nash vacuum pump with a new Nash 10 hp liquid ring medical vacuum system with recycled water at only 1.0 gpm.

-- Replaced all T-12 electronic ballasts and T-8 lamps.

-- Replaced all exit lights with new LEDs.

-- Installed light sensors, timers, photo light controls, and motion sensors throughout the hospital.

-- Purchased and installed ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs throughout the hospital.

-- Purchased and installed day-night sensors.

-- Cross-connected pneumatic air compressor so only one runs at a time.

-- Installed new DA tanks.

-- Partnered with a demand response program through a company called Comverge. Through this, the hospital was able to reduce 684.36 KWs in a time of crisis.

-- Replaced 47,044 square feet of roof utilizing energy-efficient thermoplastic TPO mechanically attached ENERGY STAR qualified roof system.

-- Established an Energy Conservation Team made up of facility personnel utilizing the phrase

"Turn It Off, Turn It Off, Turn It Off." The team's goal is to look everyday for ways to reduce energy usage. The Energy Conservation Team purchased green t-shirts with the slogan "Turn It Off" on the back. These are worn every Friday to remind colleagues to look for ways to reduce and/or save energy. 

-- Cliff Foster CEO - Energy Services Division I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. prepared all data for benchmarking the building in EPA's Portfolio Manager.


"Turn It Off" signage has been placed throughout the facility as a daily reminder to employees. Every Saturday, one team member makes rounds throughout the hospital to check if any utilities have been left on. If lights and/or air conditioners are left on, the team member turns them off and places a letter in the location to remind the colleague to "Turn It Off." Findings are shared at the department's monthly meetings and email reminders sent out to departments. News releases were also sent to our local newspapers.


"Everyone at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is pleased and excited that the hospital has received such a prestigious award. To seat back and reflect upon the fact that the hospital opened its doors in 1918 and in the year 2010 has earned federal recognition as an ENERGY STAR labeled hospital is amazing. The challenges to reduce our energy costs were many but over the last three years the facility's department has done a remarkable job in meeting the goals of reduce energy usage in the hospital. What an accomplishment, and we are all proud to be able to say that Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is doing its part to help reduce the carbon foot print in the environment every day."

-- Steven King, Vice President of Support Services, Mercy Hospital Of Philadelphia

Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Catholic Health East Trinity 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:*
Catholic Health East Trinity

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (90)
2011 (99)
2012 (100)
2013 (100)
2014 (100)
2015 (100)
2016 (100)
2017 (100)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 613550 sf

Year Constructed: 1918

Contract Type: Internal Resources
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
   Other Technologies/Strategies