Release Date: Jan 12, 2024

SHELTON, WA – For the third year in a row, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County has the pleasure of announcing that Mason Health has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance. Mason General Hospital and Mason Clinic earned an ENERGY STAR of 80 for 2023, meaning that the building is more energy efficient than 80 percent of similar properties nationwide. This reflects Mason Health’s continued commitment to energy savings.

“Mason Health is excited to once again receive this distinguished recognition,” said Patrick O’Neil, Mason Health’s Director of Facilities Engineering. “We are committed to being good social stewards of our environment, and our teams work hard to make strides in energy efficiency.”

For example, over the past five years, the Facilities Department at Mason Health has converted all interior T12 fluorescent bulbs to more efficient T8 bulbs, which use 35 percent less electricity than T12. Also, any light fixture in need of repair has been replaced with LED lights.

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers — all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Cindy Jacobs, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “Organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

Mason Health is a member of Practice Greenhealth, the leading nonprofit membership and networking organization for sustainable health care. For the past three years, Mason Health has also earned Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, and last year won its first Greening the Operating Room Award from Practice Greenhealth. Mason Health’s Green Team of leaders committed to furthering sustainability projects is led by Jennifer Capps, Chief Development & Communication Officer.

“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance at Mason Health and appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved in its efficient operation,” Capps said. “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we are committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”

To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit

Mason Health, Public Hospital District No. 1 of Mason County, is celebrating 55 years of serving patients and the community this year. Mason Health is ISO 9001 Quality Management System certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. Mason General Hospital and Mason Clinic are ENERGY STAR® certified and Mason Health is the recipient of three Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Awards and a Greening the OR Environmental Excellence Award. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. For more information or to find a health care provider, visit To learn more about DNV, visit


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