Energy savings enable hospital to hire additional specialists and to improve patient outcome
McKinstry has announced the completion of a series of facility renovations to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH). Improvements, expected to save the hospital $163,000 annually and $1.6 million over 10 years, positively and directly impact patient outcome today and well into the future. Once a rural hospital with outdated equipment and unusable medical stations, RPMH is now running at maximum efficiency and has more useable space to accept more patients. Additionally, energy savings have enabled the hospital to take more patients and hire more specialists, including an orthopedic surgeon and two family practitioners.
RPMH’s renovation and expansion projects span roughly three phases and four years, and hospital administrators selected McKinstry, specializing in energy efficiency projects, to provide architecture, engineering, build and design services.
“McKinstry’s continued work with Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital proves that taking a holistic approach to facility advancements and improvements can prove exceedingly beneficial to a building, its staff and ultimately the patient and his/her medical care,” said Michael Flores, McKinstry’s south regional director. “We were thrilled to partner with Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital starting in 2010 and are proud to continue supporting their efforts to maximize and even save budget dollars while providing exceptional care.”
Phase 1: McKinstry designed, implemented and commissioned a number of facility improvements at the medical center and adjacent doctors’ clinics, including the following:
• The installation of energy management control systems, interior lighting improvements, the removal/replacement of an existing steam boiler and rooftop units, exterior lighting improvements, water conservation measures in restrooms and fire protection upgrades.
• Timeframe: November 2010-July 2011.
• Savings: $139,000 annually; 1,264,826 kWh electricity and 28,119 therms of natural gas
Phase 2: Due to the successful implementation of the Phase 1 energy savings performance contract (ESPC), RPMH approached McKinstry to renovate portions of the medical/surgical facility with the goal to upgrade inefficient building systems and to provide adequate return on investment through lower energy consumption.
• The existing patient rooms and nurses’ station contained outdated plumbing, cabinets and various systems.
• Work included demolition of the existing nurses’ station and elements of the medical surgery wings, as well as construction of a new nurses’ station, renovation of patient care rooms and medical surgery hallways, relocation and/or remodel of the nourishment room, medical prep room, public restrooms, clean work room, electrical room, tub room, mechanical and janitorial room, nurses’ offices and nurses’ lounge.
• Timeframe: December 2010-November 2011.
• Savings: Include 48,474 kWh electricity and 33 kGal of water for an annual utility savings of $6,700.
Phase 3: Project included a new construction energy savings performance contract and construction of a new medical office building as well as renovations to the existing doctors’ office building.
• Upgrades included HVAC, controls, water conservation and lighting systems.
• McKinstry’s work is proving to be very important to this community, as RPMH is a rural healthcare facility in a city and county with a significant aging population.
• These projects have allowed the hospital to hire specialized doctors, including an orthopedic surgeon and two family practitioners, encouraging patients to want to stay at RPMH, instead of being transferred to an alternative county hospital.
• Prior to the new medical office building, the family practitioners were turning away 50 patients per week due to a lack of facilities, and now the space allows these practices to grow and more patients to be served.
• Timeframe: December 2011-August 2013.
• Savings: 85,402 kWh electricity and 370,000 kGal of water for a utility savings of more than $16,000 per year.
Lastly, McKinstry and RPMH have initiated an additional phase, including construction of a new cardiac rehabilitation building, which will greatly improve the hospital’s facilities and expands its ability to serve the local community while saving energy. Annual savings include 20,313 kWh in electricity and 30.6 kW for a utility savings of close to $1,700 annually.
McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. With over 1,700 professional staff and trades people throughout the United States and operations in more than 15 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.” For more information, visit www.mckinstry.com .