Electric Car Owners Get a Charge Out of Valley Medical Center

Hospital system furthers its green commitment by installing vehicle charging stations on campus

In an effort to support a sustainable community, Valley Medical Center (VMC) installed eight ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations on its campus that are now ready for use.

Four stations are located in the hospital’s main campus parking lot A, two are in the physician parking area, and two are located on the first floor (west side) of the MAC parking garage at the north end of VMC’s campus. VMC received the stations through a partnership with the City of Renton who received federal grant dollars to install stations throughout the city.

“Over the past several years we’ve made enhancements that lessen the hospital system’s footprint on the environment,” said Paul Hayes, RN, Executive Vice President. “We have a robust recycling program, we have implemented environmentally-friendly features at key campus buildings, and to reduce emissions we have replaced our courier cars and a security vehicle with hybrids. When the City of Renton asked if we’d be willing to install electric vehicle charging stations on our campus, we were happy to oblige. It’s a win-win-win proposition – our staff, patients, the community – everyone benefits.”

Currently, anyone with an electric vehicle – staff, patients, the public – can recharge their vehicles at no cost, but will need to sign up for a free ChargePass card from ChargePoint to activate the120 V and 240 V stations.

To date Washington state has more than 1,000 publicly available recharging stations. By 2017 an estimated 1.5 million plug-in electric vehicle (PEVs) stations will have been installed along American roadways, with a total of 7.7 million locations worldwide.