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WellStar Health System successfully capitalized on an opportunity to reduce their interior lighting energy usage by at least 50% and go green at the same time. We designed an innovative commercial lighting solution resulting in a 60% reduction in WellStar’s interior lighting energy use as well as $425,000 annual savings in lighting energy and maintenance costs.

Lighting Technologies had the pleasure of working on this project with Mr. Mark Haney, Senior Vice President of Construction and Real Estate and Administrator WellStar Paulding Hospital, within the WellStar Health System. Mr. Haney noted, “By leading the way in energy savings, Lighting Technologies has already proven themselves as a valuable commercial lighting partner for WellStar. Their creative design and above-and-beyond proposal made it possible for us to realize significant savings while going green at the same time.”

With five hospitals and more than 90 medical office facilities under their operational umbrella, WellStar Health System is the largest provider of health care in the metro Atlanta area. Lights in WellStar’s hospitals operate 24 hours a day and require continuous emergency generator back-up. Lighting energy consumption was a huge concern. WellStar invited a few commercial lighting experts to submit proposals that would address their goal of reducing interior lighting energy consumption by 50%.

We submitted two proposals:

  • Proposal 1 fully complied with the RFP; anticipated a 36-month payback; and incorporated replacement of 4-lamp fluorescent fixtures with new 3-lamp fixtures
  • Proposal 2 provided an alternate option; anticipated an 18-month payback via a 60% reduction in interior lighting energy consumption; and detailed an innovative retrofit lighting design that combined a 2-lamp configuration with highly efficient reflectors.

Results from our photometric analysis indicated both solutions would provide light levels equal to or better than WellStar’s existing fixtures. A 10-fixture demonstration in a Kennestone Hospital hallway verified our analysis results. However, proposal 2 provided an additional benefit: reduced health risks for patients during construction.

Our alternate design enabled us to retrofit existing fixtures from within the fixtures, which meant that installation did not require ceilings to be pierced. Eliminating this requirement meant zero construction-generated dust, and thus a reduced health risk to patients.

To date, Lighting Technologies has completed retrofits at both Kennestone and Cobb hospitals. Retrofits for additional WellStar facilities are currently under review. In fact, Mr. Haney commented, “We look forward to continuing our work with Lighting Technologies; they’re like our secret weapon for reducing our energy and maintenance costs. As a non-profit organization, these dollars can be redirected to our primary mission: caring for our patients.”

Mark Haney is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for the WellStar Health System and is also the Administrator for WellStar Paulding Hospital. In his more than 30 years of service with WellStar, Mark has held several senior executive positions at both hospital and system levels. His current position blends strategy and operations in a manner that enables him to implement programs with a ‘know how’ approach.

Mark holds the three degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia — a Master of Health Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy.

Mark also serves on the Board of Directors for Chattahoochee Technical College and the United Way of Metro Atlanta. In the past, Mark has also served as the Chairman of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, Chairman of the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.

Mark and his wife, Vickie, live in Marietta, Georgia and enjoy spending time with their 4 children and 3 grandchildren.