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Russell Regional Hospital

Russell, Kansas

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Background

Located in north central Kansas, Russell Regional Hospital is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital that provides high quality and compassionate care to the local community and surrounding areas. Their special touch is providing modern medicine with old-fashioned care.

Russell Regional Hospital has 24 hour physician coverage of the Emergency Department and Main Street Manor (21 bed long-term care facility), and Russell Regional Hospital’s Physicians Clinic is located on campus.

Challenge

Russell Regional Hospital was originally built in 1942, and has been added on to several times throughout the years. The hospital was faced with aging mechanical systems, increasing operating costs, and an emergency generator and associated components that were well past their expected useful life.

The existing generator was only sized to meet critical lighting egress loads and some heating loads, leaving the hospital in a potentially compromised state if there were an emergency or disaster where utility power was lost.

Solution

ESP worked with the hospital to expedite the installation of two new emergency generators that provide a backup power source for critical hospital needs as well as the clinic, administrative offices and other non-critical areas.

New heating and air conditioning systems were installed; with duel fuel capability added to the boiler to increase resiliency of the hospital infrastructure. Other improvements included upgrades to buildings controls, more efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures, variable speed drives, and energy conservation training for hospital personnel. 

Benefits

In addition to energy savings and comfort improvements, the hospital was able to address future maintenance costs with a planned and controlled approach, rather than having a nasty surprise some time down the road.

Enhancing the hospital’s infrastructure will allow it to be a community safe haven in the event of crisis. The new emergency generators were put to the test shortly after installation due to a brief power outage, and performed without a flaw.

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