By Andrew Aggerholm

Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) believes that providing excellent care is more than medical treatment: it’s about doing our part to create a clean, safe and healthy environment for our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers – which is all part of the overall patient experience delivered at MSH.

As part of that belief, MSH has been working hard to improve its energy and utility savings and promote an internal culture of greening.

The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) recognized that hard work by awarding the local hospital the 2018 Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes a progressive healthcare organization that has implemented programs that demonstrate environmental responsibility through the reduction of energy usage, the preservation of natural resources and effective waste diversion solutions.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this award,” said Maria Pavone, facilities and support services, food services director. “It reflects the efforts of all of the hospital staff and in particular the corporate services team, who work every day to both implement and find new ways of saving on energy and utility costs.”

Finding energy and utility savings meant examining the core building systems to find improvements. To start, MSH focused on three initiatives: an LED retrofitting program, rescheduling HVAC systems based on occupancy and gas savings through steam trap audits. Those facility-based initiatives are just a few ways the hospital is looking to reduce its carbon footprint and they could not have been successful without the dedication of the hospital staff, physicians and volunteers.

“We’ve really developed a culture of greening here,” said Elena Pacheco, support services and transformation vice-president. “It’s something that has been embraced by everyone from the board level down. This award has reinforced that we are on the right path and that we’re a leader at the forefront of green healthcare.”

Photo: The MSH Corporate Services team have worked hard to implement changes across the hospital that have resulted in significant energy and utility savings.