Using resources wisely and efficiently is a key part of Intermountain’s Mission, Vision, and Values—and helps us reduce cost. For example, our Supply Chain Organization—ranked No. 1 in the nation on the 2016 Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25—has achieved more than $600 million in savings in the last decade. Further, our Supply Chain assures that our caregivers have the items they need when they need them to properly care for our patients. The savings and value are reflected in a lower total cost of care and are passed along to patients, employers, and communities.
Wise use of resources applies to natural resources as well, and Intermountain is a leader in striving for cleaner air, as well as conserving energy, water, and other key resources. For example, our sustainability efforts include measures to prevent pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and the waste stream from polluting the environment. We follow “green” practices ourselves, and we also require our suppliers to do so.
A recent example: At LDS and Riverton Hospitals, we installed LED lighting, creating an energy savings of about 2,197,000 kilowatt hours per year (the equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 194 U.S. households). And compared to the previously used fluorescent lamps, the newly installed LED lights last 2.5 times longer—a cost-saving efficiency.
Education, recycling, meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards, and reducing the use of fossil fuels are also part of our earth-friendly efforts. Intermountain participates in programs such as Adopt-a-Highway, community gardens, and Clear the Air Challenge, and we encourage our caregivers and their families to adopt wise-living practices as well.
Sustainable use of natural resources is hardwired into our culture at Intermountain. Renewable practices are not only the responsible thing to do; they also help us promote health and reduce the cost of care.
The number of kilowatt hours per year saved by LED lighting installed at LDS and Riverton Hospitals.