Inside a hospital, every dollar spent on heating and cooling is a dollar less spent caring for patients. That was the conclusion reached by Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts and Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) in Maryland. Local Cat® dealers recently installed cogeneration natural gas installations at both facilities, using waste heat from generator sets to provide hot water and ambient heating. By delivering both heat and power from the same source, the systems reduce site emissions and reduce total cost of ownership, saving money that can be better directed toward patient care.
The two hospitals value the cogeneration systems for another reason: the systems offer critical backup power in case of emergency. The systems are flexible and provide essential and reliable power that keeps the lights on and sustains the ability of the hospitals to provide services.
“During Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, hospitals without cogeneration capability were forced to evacuate, because they couldn’t support patient care needs,” says Bob Biggio, vice president of Facilities and Support Services at BMC. “Those that do have cogen can continue operations.”
BWMC, likewise, will now be able to keep operating rooms safe and functional, even when the power goes out—something they couldn’t do in the past. Thanks to Milton Cat in Boston and Alban Cat in Baltimore, BMC and BWMC expect to save $1.5 million and $750,000 in energy costs each year, respectively—all while making their facilities cleaner, safer and more reliable.