KEMPTVILLE – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce it has been awarded Silver status in the Green Hospital Scorecard (GHS) measuring participating hospitals’ annual environmental performance.
“We are delighted that our ongoing sustainability efforts have been rewarded with the Silver rating for the fourth year running,” said the hospital’s Building Services Manager, Tammy Buehlow. “And I’m proud to note that we’ve been able to increase our overall score each year so that we are now very close to achieving Gold status.”
The Green Hospital Scorecard is a project of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. It measures a hospital’s energy and water conservation, waste management, pollution prevention, and corporate leadership, planning and management, and allows facilities to benchmark their results against those of other hospitals. The just-announced 2018 GHS results pertain to data reported for 2017.
Andy Pinhey, KDH’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations, commended Buehlow and her team for leading the hospital to the achievement of Silver status once again. “Tammy and our ‘Green Team’ have been real champions for improving our environmental performance,” he said. “And I’m happy to say that their passion and dedication have been infectious across KDH.”
KDH’s latest GHS results show moderate reductions in energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions, along with a significant 17 percent increase in corporate commitment to environmental sustainability.
Energy reduction efforts included installing programmable thermostats throughout the hospital, replacing most light fixtures with LED bulbs, removing plug-in window air conditioning units, and replacing dated laundry machinery with energy efficient equipment. In addition, building automation capabilities, which maintain and regulate both temperature and humidity, have been upgraded to include the pharmacy and new administration areas.
Buehlow commented on the increase in KDH’s corporate commitment in this year’s GHS results. “Our score in this dimension is a reflection of our formal organization-wide commitments, as well as support and outreach with respect to energy, waste, water and special events,” she said.