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Providence St. Peter Hospital Named the Smartest Building in America

October 05, 2011

Olympia, Wash.—Providence St. Peter Hospital has been named the Smartest Building in America by Siemens Industry, Inc. for demonstrating sustainable and efficient facility operations.

“As a nonprofit organization, we must be excellent stewards of our resources,” says Geoff Glass, Providence St. Peter Hospital facility manager. “We are challenged to provide a comfortable environment for our patients and staff, while ensuring that not one energy dollar is wasted. To achieve such a lofty goal requires a smart building.”

The Siemens Smartest Building in America Challenge evaluates contestants based on how innovatively they use their building automation systems to achieve business, efficiency and sustainability goals. As the grand prize winner, Providence St. Peter Hospital is rewarded with $25,000 which has been donated to support the new telestroke program, improving stroke care for residents of rural communities in the five-county area.

Recent Facility Achievements

  • Puget Sound Energy granted Providence St. Peter Hospital an energy efficiency grant to recycle its boiler heat, reducing the hot air released into the atmosphere by 250 degrees.
  • Practice Greenhealth Partner Recognition Award is for health care facilities that have made environmental improvements, and have a 10 percent recycling rate for their total waste stream. Providence St. Peter Hospital exceeds the benchmark with a 28 percent recycling rate.
  • Making Medicine Mercury Free Award recognizes facilities that have nearly eliminated mercury from their facilities and have made a commitment to continue to be “mercury free.”
  • Energy Star Certified buildings must achieve a rating of 75 or higher and meet current indoor environment standards. Providence St. Peter Hospital’s current rating of 81 ensures achievement of this certification six times running. It is one of seven hospitals in Washington to be granted this certification.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Erin Schwantner, (360) 493-7247 or erin.schwantner@providence.org