OLYMPIA MEDICAL CENTER GOES GREEN WITH SOLAR AND SAVES UP TO 4,000 TREES

Hospital Installs State-of-the Art Solar System for Olympia’s Medical Office Building

LOS ANGELES – July 6, 2010 - Olympia Medical Center has installed a solar system on the rooftop of its medical building at 5901 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.

To install this project, the hospital chose a solar specialist, American Solar Energy Solutions, which installs large solar systems for commercial properties. By going green Olympia Medical Center saves up to 4,000 acres of trees, reducing CO2 greenhouses gases by 175 tons from our atmosphere, and removing 8,200,000 car miles from our roads.

By going green Olympia Medical Center has capped its energy cost, reduced its electrical bills and covered a large amount of the solar system cost in both Department of Water and Power (DWP) and federal rebates which add up to nearly 75% in rebates. The solar system sits on the roof of the medical building and acts as if it constantly tracks and follows the sun.

“In addition to the daily electricity savings, the solar system installed on the rooftops is highly efficient. We wanted the solar system to perform and produce as much energy per square foot to maximize the output for Olympia Medical Center,” says hospital CEO, John Calderone.

“This is a win-win situation both from a financial and environmental point-of-view,” adds Shahram Ravan, M.D., President of Olympia Medical Center.

After consulting with the electrical engineers the hospital chose a design that divided the one large solar system into 18 individual solar systems and combined them all before connecting to the DWP grid. By doing so the energy output is at 96% efficiency versus 80%. The use of several smaller systems instead of one large system also increases the system’s daily energy output by 16%. This solar system is expected to produce an average of 4,500,000KWh. With strategy, the hospital plans to maximize its solar system investment.

About Olympia Medical Center: Olympia Medical Center is located in the heart of Los Angeles and has been providing medical care to its community since 1948. Services at the 204-bed acute care hospital include comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services and a 24-hour emergency room. The hospital is dedicated to clinical excellence and delivering health care services in a patient-centered, community focused environment. Services include the California Digestive Diseases Institute, the Los Angeles Center for Spine Care and Research, the Southern California Sports Medicine Institute, the center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, the Continent Ostomy Center, the Center for Geriatric Health, Reflections and the Memory Institute. Olympia Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Olympia Medical Center, visit www.olympiamedicalcenter.com.