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Spectrum Health United Hospital Earns Second Place Biggest Loser in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings

Greenville, MI – April 24, 2018 – Spectrum Health United Hospital was awarded second place in the Biggest Loser category in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

Each year, Spectrum Health sets a system-wide goal of achieving $500,000 in energy savings via reduced electricity and gas usage across its regional hospitals and downtown Grand Rapids campus. This year, United Hospital’s contribution included initiating several energy reducing projects such as optimizing the United Hospital chiller plant, replacing controls for the snow melt system and upgrading to LED lighting in parking lots and other areas throughout the hospital.

“This recognition is quite an accomplishment,” said Matt Johnson, Spectrum Health United Hospital Project Manager. “It is truly a team effort that involves collaboration, innovative design and great relationships between engineering, facilities and our vendors.”

After two years as runner-up in the Michigan Battle of the Buildings competition, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital topped the category with 7.57 percent reduction in energy usage and Spectrum Health United Hospital captured second place with 7.07 percent reductions from a field of 29 buildings in the Health/Hospital category this year.

The buildings that demonstrated the greatest percentage-based reduction in EUI (energy use intensity) during the 2017 competition were recognized as winners at the 2018 Energy Summit at the JW Marriott on April 18, 2018. This summit consisted of keynote speakers, panel discussions of participants, exhibit booths, and an award ceremony.

“At Spectrum Health, we are committed to reducing energy usage. Not only is it good for us as an organization financially, it’s good for the environment,” said Andrea Leslie, Spectrum Health United Hospital President.

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all commercial buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the region and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators.



Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 220 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $459 million in community benefit in the last fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Kelly Johnson
Communications Specialist
Office: 616.225.6419
Mobile: 616.550.7358
Email: KellyL.Johnson@spectrumhealth.org