Submitted to the Herald Review

REED CITY — Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital won the first place award among health/hospital facilities in the 2017 “Battle of the Buildings” energy reduction competition.

The program is a statewide US Green Building Council event in which winners are determined based upon which hospitals reduced their energy the most during the year. Thirty-five health/hospital buildings entered their energy usage in the competition. Reed City Hospital took first place with an energy reduction of 7.52 percent.

Gene Magoon, facility support services manager for Reed City and Big Rapids Hospitals, accepted the award at the recent Michigan Energy Summit in Grand Rapids. He explained how the facilities team brought about the significant energy reduction.

“We made upgrades and replacements to our lighting and HVAC equipment," Magoon said. "In addition, the facilities team made daily rounds to quickly catch equipment problems and prevent energy waste.

“With excellent support from Jim Karas, our system energy project manager, and the facilities/engineering teams in Grand Rapids, we were able to work as a team to bring a better atmosphere for patients and staff,” Magoon added. “Jim took the lead on entering us in the Battle of the Buildings.”

Mary Kay VanDriel, president of the two local hospitals, said, “You often hear the phrase ‘it takes a village.’ With a complex facility like ours, providing an excellent patient experience takes people with many skills. It was a terrific job by our facilities team to achieve this level of energy conservation.”

United Hospital in Greenville added to Spectrum Health’s honors by taking 2nd place with a 2017 energy reduction of 7.07 percent.