Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services is pleased to announce the receipt of funds totaling $99,341 from the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The EECBG program is designed to help eligible entities create and implement strategies to create jobs, reduce total energy use, and improve energy efficiency. The program is a result of the ARRA economic stimulus plan that was passed in 2009. Funds are federal dollars funneled through the state of Indiana.
Energy conservation is especially important for hospital facilities due to the 24-hour, 365-days per year nature of the operation and the need to provide a comfortable environmental temperature for patients. The grant is a dollar-for-dollar match ($99,341 from the grant and $99,341 from Floyd Memorial) for a new direct digital control (DDC) energy management system to replace the Hospital’s existing 16-year old pneumatic energy management system. The system serves 36,924 square feet in the oldest part of the facility. Replacement with a DDC system is estimated to result in energy savings totaling 20-50%. Floyd Memorial has estimated that even at 20%, the low end of the estimated energy savings, 267,037.02 kWh would be saved per year, totaling $16,769.93 in electricity savings, and 1,174.67 MM/BTU would be saved per year, totaling $8,152.21 in natural gas savings.
“We’re thrilled to have received this grant,” stated Mark Truman, Vice President of Operations for Floyd Memorial. “We’ve had a ‘Green Team’ dedicated to enhancing our environmental stewardship for over two years. In fact, we are the first and only hospital in the Kentuckiana area to have such an initiative in place. We’re honored to also be one of the first hospital facilities in the area to receive federal dollars in support of our energy reduction efforts. Our goal is to significantly lessen Floyd Memorial’s carbon footprint, and this is a significant step in that direction.”