HealthSouth operates the nation’s largest network of inpatient, outpatient, and home health rehabilitation services. HealthSouth’s hospitals provide rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations.
The Company owns 150 facilities and wanted to decrease its operating costs across its portfolio of buildings. HealthSouth turned to Chateau Energy Solutions to help them with their energy management goals.
The energy efficiency experts at Chateau Energy Solutions recommended that HealthSouth focus on a national lighting retrofit and upgrade program for its rehabilitation facilities. The lighting retrofits and upgrades would improve HealthSouth’s facilities in four areas:
- Generate energy savings;
- Increase maintenance savings;
- Lower environmental impact; and
- Improve patient, visitor, and staff comfort.
Not only was a customized turnkey lighting solution needed, which included design and advanced lighting technology, but also a solid logistical plan was necessary for the construction phase.
Installing lighting retrofits at the facilities presented challenges to the Chateau Energy Solutions work crew. Patient care and limited business interruptions were of utmost concern. The team at Chateau Energy Solutions through its years of experience has developed a streamlined construction and project planning process. The professionals at Chateau Energy Solutions carefully planned the retrofit so disruption of the rehabilitation personnel and patients was at a minimum.
Chateau Energy Solutions completed nine lighting projects to date and the savings have been substantial. The projects generated more than $300,000 in energy savings. In addition to the energy savings, Chateau Energy Solutions uncovered utility rebates and administered them on behalf of HealthSouth, which provided an additional $175,000 in savings.
The lighting projects consisted of both interior and exterior upgrades and retrofits. All exterior lighting has been upgraded using LEDs, improving the quantity and quality of light as well as improving safety.
The relationship between HealthSouth and Chateau Energy Solutions continues to thrive. HealthSouth operates in 29 states across the country and additional lighting retrofits are planned for more rehabilitation facilities.