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Ron Blackburn

Hampton Roads District Chair

Ron Blackburn has worked within Sentara Healthcare for the past 16 years. Ron's service to Sentara has included working in the HVAC Divisions of Sentara Bayside Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Sentara Obici Hospital. Recently, Ron was promoted to Team Leader of HVAC Mechanical Services at Sentara Obici Hospital where he now oversees the entire operation of the central utility plant, and he is a licensed as a Master Tradesman in all facets of HVAC and gas-fitting.

Ron's personal initiatives are all geared towards energy savings and customer service. Ron was instrumental in Sentara Obici Hospital receiving a "Pollution Prevention Partner" Award from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District for his efforts in converting the means of cooling boiler samples from potable water to piped-in chilled water. His effort reduced the hospital's water waste stream by more than one million gallons of water each year. And, the greenhouse emissions reductions at Sentara Obici Hospital have been reduced by more than 6% in just two years.

Ron is an active member of ASHE, VSHE, and serves on the hospital's Infection Control Committee. Ron believes the best way to learn something about our work in facilities is to always reach out to the network of professionals and adopt “best practices” that can improve the patient's experience and promote staff efficiency.

Contact:(757) 934-4988rblackb@sentara.com

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