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St. Anthony's Hospital Is First to Earn EPA'S ENERGY STAR(R) Symbol for Superior Energy Efficiency

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Anthony's Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. St. Anthony's is the first hospital in Florida and one of only 86 hospitals in the nation to achieve this recognition. Buildings that receive the EPA's ENERGY STAR designation reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficient specifications set by the government.

"St. Anthony's is committed to improving its energy performance while maintaining comfort for patients and visitors," said Ronald Colaguori, vice president of Operations for St. Anthony's Hospital. "Ultimately, everyone benefits from earning the ENERGY STAR label because the investments we've made in reducing our environmental footprint also will lower our operating costs."

Commercial buildings that earn the EPA's ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. St. Anthony's Hospital improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to the building. The EPA's national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. St. Anthony's earned the EPA's ranking of 87 out of 100 -- placing it among the top 25 percent of energy efficient facilities in the country.

Since 2005, the hospital has conserved electricity by 1.5 million kilowatts, decreased natural gas use by 36 percent, and reduced water consumption by 4.7 million gallons. Ongoing maintenance focuses on efficient operation, including monitoring the performance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. By conserving and managing energy strategically, and making cost-effective improvements to the building, the hospital saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual energy costs and reduces the emission of greenhouse gases.

"Through the EPA's ENERGY STAR achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs," added John Nicely, director of Support Services for St. Anthony's Hospital. "Every dollar saved on energy costs is a dollar that can be reinvested in improving patient care and the health of the community."

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. In 2007, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 27 million vehicles.

About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony's also is comprised of the following health care facilities: St. Anthony's Imaging Center and St. Anthony's Outpatient Center.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient's lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

Member hospitals are Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Women's, St. Joseph's Hospital North (opening 2010) and South Florida Baptist. On the Web:

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