Adventist Healthcare (AHC) is near completion on an innovative energy efficiency project at its 443-bed Shady Grove Medical Center, a nationally recognized acute care facility located in Rockville, MD. The project is expected to significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and represents a critical investment in the patients and communities AHC serves across the Metro DC region.
The 2.2 MW combined heat and power (CHP) project, which launched construction in September 2021 and is slated for completion in August 2022, will result in an annual savings of $1 million, and is eligible for nearly $3 million in incentives, to be reinvested back into the community.
Implemented in partnership with Edison Energy, the project utilizes 1.1 MW cogeneration engines, a heat recovery steam generator, and an absorption chiller, resulting in an energy supply that is less dependent on fluctuations in utility pricing and increased flexibility in energy sourcing (pictured below!).
The project builds on Adventist’s broader Shady Grove expansion and renovation, which includes a new 150,352-square-foot patient care tower that will allow for larger, state-of-the-art replacements for its Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. The six-floor tower will stand as a symbol of Adventist’s commitment to the well-being of the community, particularly through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
The broader expansion will also include an upgrade to the facility’s Central Utility Plant (CUP), which will provide heated and chilled water to the hospital that is necessary to support the added space.