• Projected 19 percent decrease in annual energy consumption
and $313,000 in annual energy cost savings
• Greenhouse gas emissions reduced 24 percent
• Trane Physical Environment of Care Assessment contributes to
– Improved patient satisfaction and outcomes
– Increased staff satisfaction and productivity
– Greater physician satisfaction and retention
Reinforcing their commitment to creating a sustainable environment, Passavant
administrators were looking to increase energy efficiency performance, reduce operating
costs to be more competitive and improve the environment of care to enhance patient
satisfaction and outcomes.
Trane and Passavant Area Hospital collaborated in assessing the physical environment through
Trane’s Environment of Care Study. This holistic facility analysis included interviews,
observation, data collection and analysis with top management and representatives of all
key hospital areas including facilities, infection control, quality, laboratory, human resources,
safety and others. The study identified specific potential, actionable energy efficiency and
physical plant upgrades that would improve operational efficiency and enhance the overall
environment of care.
• Chiller plant optimization using Trane Tracer Summit™ building automation controls
• Air-Handler upgrades with direct digital controls and re-commissioning of existing
• Retrofit lighting fixtures with new energy efficient technologies to improve lighting
The project was funded entirely by leveraging guaranteed energy and operational cost savings
under a performance contract with Trane. A performance contract is a “self-funding” package
of products and services that delivers energy and operating cost reductions. Trane guarantees that
calculated actual energy savings will meet the guaranteed energy savings.
In June 2009, Passavant Area Hospital initiated the $2.3 million project in facility wide
improvements to upgrade aging infrastructure and to address high energy and operating costs.
The project was completed in February 2010.
The project was completed on schedule. The energy and operational improvements will
positively impact the patient care environment while decreasing utility consumption by 19
percent which will result in a projected annual savings of more than $313,000. These energy
savings are equivalent to funding 4.5 nursing positions annually. The carbon emissions
reduction is equivalent to removing 525 cars from the road.
Passavant Area Hospital serves the residents of Morgan, Cass, Greene, Scott and Macoupin
counties in West Central Illinois. Passavant has compiled an impressive performance record and
numerous awards including the 2009 Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services.
The Magnet Award is given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)—only
5 percent of hospitals nationwide achieve this distinction. As part of its ongoing commitment
to patient safety and operational excellence, Passavant continuously seeks environmentallyconscious
ways to reduce energy consumption, lower operating costs and enhance patient wellbeing