St. Elizabeth Hospital first in the Valley to offer electric vehicle charging stations
03 / 08 / 2013
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
Appleton, Wis. – Adding another layer to its commitment to environmental stewardship, St. Elizabeth Hospital recently added a ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station that patients, staff and visitors can use free of charge. The hospital is the first location in the Valley to offer this sustainable feature. The charging station is located on the first floor east entrance of the parking garage.
Using electricity to power vehicles can have significant emissions benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles instead of conventional vehicles can also help reduce U.S. reliance on imported petroleum and increase energy security.
"As the motor vehicle industry innovates, so will Affinity Health System," said Gary Kusnierz, vice president of performance excellence for Ministry Health Care. "We’re happy to provide charging stations to our patients and staff as a way to do our part for the health of the environment."
In addition, ChargePoint mobile apps provide an easy way for electric vehicle drivers to locate stations near any specified address, get turn-by-turn directions, reserve a station and start and stop a charging session directly from a smart phone.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.