Japanese Red Cross Wakayama Medical Center
The Japanese Red Cross Wakayama Medical Center contributes to regional medical care as the core hospital of Wakayama Prefecture in Japan. Using the opportunity of the new construction of the hospital’s main building, a full-scale energy conservation initiative has been implemented. With a focus on improving the operations of the air-conditioning and heat source equipment, the hospital has achieved a steady and continuous reduction in energy consumption by implementing a series of energy conservation measures while balancing the needs of maintaining a comfortable environment within the hospital with conserving energy.
A full-scale energy conservation initiative has been launched using the opportunity of the new construction of the main building
The Japanese Red Cross Wakayama Medical Center was founded as the Japanese Red Cross Wakayama affiliate hospital in April, 1905. Since this time over more than a 110-year period, the hospital has provided regional medical care based on the fundamental principles of the Red Cross of “humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality”. As a designated disaster care hospital of Wakayama Prefecture, if a disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami, or typhoon occurs, the hospital is able to receive injured people and dispatch medical relief teams. Currently there are 38 diagnosis and treatment departments and 47 outpatient departments, and care for approximately 496,000 outpatients and 234,000 inpatients a year is provided.
In 2011 construction for the new main building that contains the latest equipment and capabilities was completed. Using this opportunity the energy conservation measures for the entire hospital have been strengthened. “Because the old main building was more than 50 years old and we had planned to reconstruct it, we did not make improvements such as introducing high-efficiency equipment and implementing large-scale energy conservation measures. The completion of the new main building was a great opportunity to implement a full-scale energy conservation initiative,” says Mr. Nakagawa.
These case studies were published in the 2017 Vol.2 issue of the azbil Group's corporate magazine, azbil.