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{Past Event} - Operations Series: Energy Use in Hospitals

October 24, 2008 - 1:30 pm - October 24, 2008 - 1:30 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Environmental Sustainability is everywhere and energy conservation strategies are at the top of the list. Eco footprint, carbon emissions, greening… call it what you want, but facilities are asking about low hanging fruit to achieve cost saving through energy conservation activity. This webinar shares University Health Network’s Energy strategy, explained by their Energy Manager, Cady Cowan. Kansas State University’s EPA grant funded program placed interns in health care settings to identify, implement and track high energy use activities and implement educational activities and programmatic changes to reduce energy use and associated costs. Kansas State University’s Nancy Larson and VIA Christie’s Mickey Eberts will share their energy conservation strategies. So bring your energy team, roll up your sleeves and join us! A Q&A session at the end offer an opportunity for discussion, questions and strategy sharing.


  • Explore an integrated approach to energy management programming.
  • Documenting energy conservation benefits from Social Marketing and Employee Engagement.
  • Providing practical and useful information that can be adapted for other hospital’s needs
  • How can hospitals use engineering interns to identify and prioritize energy conservation opportunities?
  • What projects were identified for priority implementation?
  • What tools or equipment was needed to do the evaluations?
  • How do hospitals justify the expenses related to implementing energy conservation opportunities?


Kady Cowan, University Health Newwork
Kady helps to coordinate the implementation of energy and environmental management, pollution prevention, and toxics and waste reduction at University Health Network. Kady tackles the complexity of greening healthcare through a three pronged approach including technical, process and behavior change. This approach includes translating complex environmental messages for a wide variety of audiences. Kady seeks and uses innovative methods to appropriately engage and motivate individuals and organizations to achieve sustainability.

Nancy Larson, Industrial Pollution Prevention Specialist, Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute
Nancy Larson is the director of the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute and the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. Nancy has worked with K-State for nearly 9 years and has more than 20 years experience in the environmental and public health arena. She worked as a nurse in her first career and has a B.S. in microbiology and environmental health, so working with hospitals has been a passion, allowing her to combine her nursing experience and environmental interests. The regional hospitals and intern programs are one of several different business assistance programs Nancy works with on a daily basis. Nancy is a wife, mother of three, and active community volunteer, who enjoys playing tennis and golf whenever “life” allows.

Mickey Eberts, BSBA, CHFM, Via Christi Regional Medical Center
Telephone: 316-268-6947

Mickey Eberts has ten years of healthcare facilities management, consulting, and project management experience. He has expertise in operations, financial, building systems and regulatory compliance. Mickey joinedVia Christi Regional Medical Center as the Director of Facilities Management, managing four healthcare campuses. Prior to that, he worked with Sodexho as a Director of Engineering, for Jacobs Engineering specializing in facilities management, and at several hospitals in Ohio and Georgia. Mickey is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager and holds certifications for NICET Level I Fire Suppression and NICET Level I Fire Alarm, Certified Mold Inspector and Certified Mold Remediator. Mickey’s formal education includes a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration from Clayton State University. Currently enrolled at Strayer University for his Masters in Business Administration, Mickey is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the National Fire Protection Association.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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