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GAMC To Become Energy Efficient
Media Contact: Alicia Gonzalez (818) 800-3113
Glendale Adventist Medical Center To Become Energy-Efficient
GLENDALE, CA -- September 23, 2009 -- Beginning this week, the entire Glendale Adventist Medical Center campus, except for the hospital's new West Tower and a few other areas - which were built energy-efficient, will be getting new energy-efficient lights installed in all light fixtures. The work will not interfere with patient care and will be completed by late November. Most of the work will be done below the ceiling - so only a few fixtures will have to be taken down.
"We thank our patients and visitors in advance for their patience and cooperation during this important project," said Daniel Brown, director of Plant Operations at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
"Hospitals have a lot to gain from an energy retrofit, because we are a twenty-four hour operation consuming energy faster than most other businesses." said Brown. "With this change, Glendale Adventist is expected to save around $225,000 a year on electricity costs."
As part of this project, Glendale Adventist Medical Center will be receiving a energy rebate from the City of Glendale for 25% of the cost. The total cost of the project is about $300,000.
Earth Savers, the lighting contractor that will perform the lighting retrofit at Glendale Adventist Medical Center has performed over 400 energy efficiency upgrade projects for health care facilities all over the United States.
According to Earth Savers website,
five of the top ten health care companies have chosen EarthSavers as their source of energy efficient lighting products and services making Earth Savers the leader in the health care market. Health care projects are the most difficult of all due to the variety of applications, the sensitivity to disruption of operation, and the numerous regulations and codes.
Studies have proven that proper lighting can play an important part in healing and can improve conditions for employees and aging patients.
Better performing systems means a better bottom line, better working conditions and a higher level of patient care.