The healthcare industry in the U.S. spends nearly $9 billion a year on energy needs, so programs to save energy are just what the doctor ordered.

We got plenty of energy savings interest on Oct. 5, when we hosted our first healthcare energy-efficiency forum. More than 100 people attended the all-day event, which featured speakers and sessions on topics ranging from sustainable building design to lighting to water conservation.

A three-part lunch session focused on the connection between food, health and energy. Featured in that session was a partnership between the Rodale Institute and the St. Luke’s University Health Network where organic produce is grown at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus near Bethlehem, Pa. Geisinger Health System’s Fresh Food Pharmacy, which aids patients with Type II diabetes, was also featured.

“The forum was a perfect way to showcase PPL’s energy-efficiency programs and the resources we have to help our healthcare business customers,” said Jodi Hoffman, our key account manager for healthcare and related businesses.

PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin spoke to the forum, reinforcing our commitment to helping our customers save energy and money. He also detailed the work we’re doing to make the grid more reliable, resilient and secure.

“You depend on us for safe, reliable power and you count on us to be a trusted energy advisor,” he said. “Our promise to you is to deliver on both.”