BCS Partners with Lane County Hospital to Help Alleviate Rising Operating Costs

Lane County Hospital in Dighton, KS and BCS have partnered to complete electrical and mechanical upgrades throughout the hospital. The hospital had an outdated, unreliable electrical power distribution system that could not support newer medical equipment. Additionally, much of the HVAC equipment was failing so the hospital was facing mounting replacement costs.

“BCS identified the project goals, one of which was finding a cost-effective solution for the hospital,” says Donna McGowan, Lane County Hospital Administrator. “The improvements made during this project will allow the hospital to operate more efficiently and accommodate the newer medical equipment purchased to meet our patients’ needs.”

The improvement program included a cost-effective, structured financial solution enabling the hospital to fit the payments into their budget. Specific goals of the project include upgrading the electrical power distribution systems to make immediate Wye power conversions, which supports newer medical equipment and improves reliability. Interior lighting upgrades were also performed to produce energy savings to help offset the life-cycle cost of the program.

HVAC improvements included needed repairs on the chiller, new compressors, and recommissioning throughout the building systems. The upgrades and repairs will result in a reliable system that will save energy, reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of the major equipment by ten years.

The eight month, $260,000 retrofit project will not only address major issues with power and deferred maintenance, but it will provide the hospital a 12% energy reduction that will continue to generate savings for years to come.

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