Photo caption: From left, Nicor Gas President Beth Reese, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital CEO Michael J. Goebel and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital CFO Rebecca Mathis with a check from Nicor Gas for $60,682. The hospital earned the reimbursement for participation in an energy efficiency program run by the utility.
Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
has received a $60,682 reimbursement check from Nicor Gas for participation in an energy efficiency program run by the utility.
Nicor presented the check to the hospital on April 3. On hand for the presentation were hospital Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Goebel, Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Mathis and Nicor President Beth Reese, along with other hospital and utility representatives.
The hospital received the check for installation of a high-efficiency burner on its third boiler. The hospital had previously undertaken installation of such high-efficiency equipment on two other boilers in 2007.
Participation in the Nicor program allowed for completion of the final boiler, bringing all of the hospital’s steam systems to peak efficiency.
Installation of the efficient systems has meant a reduction in the amount of natural gas used at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. In 2007, the hospital needed about 1.12 million therms of natural gas for heating and other processes, said Rey Tuazon, energy and utilities manager for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. In 2012, the hospital used about 955,000 therms.
The reduction in natural gas use has continued even with construction of the new patient pavilion
at the hospital, which added square footage to the building when it opened in 2012.
The new burners cut excess air used in the boilers in half, making for more efficient combustion and lower nitrogen oxide emissions.
“We appreciate Nicor Gas for offering incentive programs such as this one,” Mathis said. “Having recognized the financial and environmental value of supporting sustainability projects, Nicor has shown vision and leadership in this area.”
The hospital has undertaken several energy efficiency measures since 2007, including the efficient boiler burners, replacement of medical and vacuum compressors, installation of more energy efficient lighting and replacement of the hospital’s chiller system with more energy efficient models.
All of these changes have resulted in significant reductions in monthly gas and electric spending, saving $588,183 annually.
“As an institution with deep roots in this village, going back to 1904, we understand the important role we play as a community leader, ready to step to the forefront to help guarantee the health of our residents for years to come,” Goebel said. “That’s why we were happy to take part in Nicor’s program to complete our efforts to install energy efficient boiler systems at our hospital.”
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