The Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, a two million square foot, 427-bed facility, offers primary, secondary, and tertiary health care. Its full range of health care services includes comprehensive outpatient care, complex inpatient services such as heart, liver and lung transplantation, and care of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. McGuire VAMC was the first VA hospital to perform heart transplants in the VA system, and its Geriatric and Diabetes programs are considered Centers of Excellence by the Department of Veterans Affairs for their innovations in clinical care, teaching and research.
The Center was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for its achievements in energy efficiency thanks, in part, to its utilization of the Steamgard system. The Center converted all its mechanical steam traps to the Steamgard system, and according to the Center’s Engineering Service,
“the use of the Steamgard system was a key ingredient in the hospital winning an energy award (The Energy Star) from the Federal Government. Since the installation of the System, the hospital has enjoyed freedom from the maintenance requirements of mechanically operated steam traps, significant energy savings, and consistently good year-to-year performance from the installed system.”
A growing number of VA facilities throughout the United States have been installing the Steamgard system over the past eight years. The Center is in the top 25 percent in energy performance among all hospitals in the United States. Medical facilities are one of the most energy intensive building types, using energy at twice the rate of office space and three times the rate of schools.