Our co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., said: “There is so much good to do in the world and so many different ways to do it.”
We are proud to do our part by caring for the environment, our hospitals, patients, employees and the communities we serve through sustainability efforts. As vice president of engineering and facility management and head of HCA’s Energy and Water Task Force, one of the many ways my team makes a difference is through our Energy Service Center.
Hospitals are often the first or second largest users of energy in a community, using approximately twice the energy as office spaces the same size. Our Energy Service Center was created to look at how well our hospitals manage their energy and to help reduce operational cost, all while limiting the effect on patient comfort.
In a good-faith effort to help the communities we serve, HCA launched a company-wide ‘Reach the Peak’ energy challenge last October. The goal is to reduce our energy consumption by six percent, resulting in enhanced energy efficiency, cost savings and, ultimately, an improved environmental impact.
We also hoped the challenge would help raise awareness for ways people can save energy in their own homes. A simple way to save is to turn off the lights when leaving a room, for example. All of us can make a difference with energy focused solutions.
Meet our best-kept secret – the four employees of the Energy Service Center – who’ll share our progress in the ‘Reach the Peak’ challenge and explain how they help our hospitals reduce energy usage and yield positive, sustainable results for our patients and the communities we serve.
(HCA internal audience can view the video here.)