St. Mary’s Medical Center has become the first Kansas City area hospital to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, thanks in large part to KCAHE member and treasurer Stacy Seibert. Stacy and the staff at St. Mary’s has been working on efficiency improvements for a number of years.
Here is the story in the Kansas City Business Journal:
St. Mary’s Medical Center shines as a federal Energy Star
St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo., is now the only hospital in the Kansas City area to receive an energy efficient certification from the federal government.
A release says the Environmental Protection Agency gave St. Mary’s its Energy Star certification, which puts the hospital in the top 25 percent of similar facilities for its nationwide energy efficiency performance levels.
Commercial buildings that receive this designation typically use 35 percent less energy and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide, the release says.
The hospital took on the Energy Star Challenge five years ago. It began using high-efficiency light bulbs and motion sensors and has reduced heating and cooling demands with a new HVAC system and Energy Star roofs.
Fellow KCAHE Members,
Due to my recent resignation as the Vice President of Facilities and Construction for Saint Luke’s Health System, I am formally announcing my retirement as a Healthcare Member of the Kansas City Area Healthcare Engineers. In order to comply with the KCAHE bylaws, my retirement requires me to step down as President of KCAHE. Ric Slanczka, as President-Elect, will be immediately stepping in to assume the role as President of KCAHE.
The KCAHE organization is a tremendous resource for promoting education, networking, and leadership for its membership. This organization and the people that are involved in this organization are invaluable and continually prove to be true friends and business colleagues.
I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your continued support and involvement in the KCAHE organization. This organization is absolutely the region’s premier organization for professionals specializing in healthcare facilities management. Each and every one of you make KCAHE the truly great organization that it is today and will continue to be in the future.
I look forward to seeing you all at the November 13th membership meeting.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in KCAHE!
Renée R. Jacobs, SASHE, CHFM, CHC
- Plant Service Manager at St. Mary’s Medical Center
Blue Springs, MO
- Stacy was recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association for his efforts in acheiving a 10% reduction in energy usage. Stacy and the hospital were presented with a Certificate of Achievement. The recognition was presented as part of the ASHE Energy Efficiency Commitment initiative.
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