The purpose of Edwards County Hospital & Healthcare Center is to provide quality healthcare and services to the residents of Edwards County and the surrounding area by the most economic and efficient means attainable.
The hospital consists of 3 buildings (the Old Hospital, the New Hospital, and the Clinic) which contain 54,635 square feet of space. The Old Hospital dates back to the mid-seventies while the New Hospital was built in 1997.
The results of the facility audit showed that the aging steam system was costing the hospital wasted energy dollars and it would likely incur increased maintenance costs in the near future. The previous steam boilers were located in a mechanical room pit which was susceptible to flooding.
After conducting a detailed energy audit, ESP recommended a major overhaul of the boiler plant. The existing steam system was completely removed and replaced with a high-efficiency hot water system. This included 2 new high efficiency natural gas condensing domestic hot water heaters, a new stand-alone boiler for the sterilizer, and 3 new condensing hot water heating boilers providing redundant capacity. All of the new equipment was placed on new mezzanines to keep the equipment above the floodplain elevation.
Other energy-saving improvements included a comprehensive lighting retrofit and enhancements to the energy management control system.
ESP assisted the hospital in applying for a $150,000 State of Kansas ARRA grant that offset some of the replacement costs. The new boiler plant requires far less maintenance and is no longer in danger of being flooded. By adding redundant capacity, the hospital will continue to be able to provide critical services if there is a problem with one of the boilers.
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Total Project Cost
Carbon Footprint Reduction
638,369 lbs. CO2e
Equivalent to the electric use of 40 homes for one year.