Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee has been named an American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) 2019 Energy Champion for demonstrating strong leadership in becoming a more energy-efficient facility and using saved resources to support patient care.

Specifically, hospital leadership at Aurora Sinai Medical Center approved a number of facility improvement projects, including lighting projects, building envelope improvements, and HVAC equipment upgrades. In addition, facilities operations teams at Aurora Sinai Medical Center have increased their vigilance in benchmarking their daily utility usages and have improved their equipment scheduling schemes, ASHE officials say.

Moreover, ASHE’s Energy to Care program encourages hospitals across the country to reduce their energy consumption by taking a closer look at their energy management plans. Facilities that reduce energy by 10% or more over the previous year or 15% over two years—and previous Energy to Care winners who go on to reduce consumption by an additional 5%—are eligible to win an Energy to Care Award.

A dozen ASHE-affiliated chapters participated in the Energy to Care 2019 Chapter Challenge. The New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society is the 2019 winner in the small category, while the California Society for Healthcare Engineering, Inc. is the 2019 winner in the large category, ASHE officials reveal.

ASHE will recognize these hospitals—as well as local affiliated chapters who competed against each other in an energy savings chapter challenge competition—at its 56th Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, which will take place from July 14-17 in Baltimore.