Facility improvement measures to help hospital reduce energy consumption by 27%, save approximately $200,000 per year in natural resource and operational costs
Project energy savings equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by almost 950 metric tons annually
Infrastructure improvements being made to LaSalle General Hospital in East Central Louisiana are part of a $2 million energy savings performance contract with Siemens. The energy efficiency measures will help the almost 48-year-old comprehensive rural healthcare facility continue offering its patients safe, high quality healthcare and its caregivers and staff, a more comfortable and efficient place to work.
“Siemens’ building technology solutions offer us a specialized solution that will ensure our patients are comfortable and that our facility maintains the highest levels of compliance and operational efficiency,” said Lana Francis, Chief Executive Officer of LaSalle General Hospital. “Our commitment to the residents of LaSalle and surrounding parishes is stronger than ever, and we continue to strive to meet the primary healthcare needs of our entire service area.”
Known as one of the most efficient and quality conscious hospitals in the Gulf South, the acute care hospital has 46 beds, an active emergency department, provider-based rural health clinic, dynamic wellness center, geri-psych inpatient unit, medication stabilization program, home health, ambulance service and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. The hospital board also oversees the operation of a long-term care center that provides needed services to the community.
“We’re pleased to work with LaSalle General Hospital to improve its facility and help create a more perfect place to give and receive care,” stated David Seraikas, Zone Vice President for Siemens Building Technologies Division.
Part of Siemens’ Total Energy Management approach, the facility improvement measures include replacing water management fixtures, a water heating system, and steam boilers as well as air handling units and related controllers. In addition, lighting will be upgraded to include occupancy sensors, and a night setback energy management system will be installed. All of these will help reduce overall energy and water usage, as well as associated natural resource and operational costs by an estimated $200,000 annually over the course of 15 years. And energy savings from this project equals reducing carbon emissions by almost 950 metric tons annually – more than three-quarters of which equates to electrical energy reduction.
As a result of the energy savings performance contract with Siemens, LaSalle General Hospital received a $633,176 grant through the Louisiana Public Service Commission Statewide Energy Efficiency Program. LaSalle General Hospital is part LPSC District #4 that is served by Commissioner Mike Francis.
The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) is the North American market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and energy management. Siemens’ Total Energy Management approach helps customers consume sparingly, spend wisely, generate responsibly, and analyze continuously.
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 372,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $92.0 billion in fiscal 2017. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.3 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.