$1 Million Grant Will Improve Heating and Cooling, Reduce Carbon Footprint
SUMMIT, NJ JUNE 2011 – Overlook Medical Center announced today that the hospital has been awarded a $1 million grant from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, administered by the state’s Board of Public Utilities, which will assist in the installation of a combined cooling, heating and power tri-generation system on the Overlook Medical campus that will enhance energy efficiency and reduce cost. Overlook Medical's project will have a significant environmental benefit by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide by 10,891 tons per year, a reduction equal to removing the carbon emissions of 1,799 cars.
Overlook Medical has partnered with Medesco, LLC to build and install a system that will produce 4 Megawatts of electricity onsite by harnessing the waste heat produced by the generators and substitute steam formerly created by the existing boilers. The use of an absorption chiller will create chilled water for air conditioning and dehumidification; lower grade domestic hot water produced by the system will be used by the hospital, as well. This tri-generation process will reduce the cost of replaced energy by more than 60 percent, while also providing a redundant electrical generating capability which, in emergency situations, will allow the hospital to operate independent of grid-supplied power.
“Overlook Medical already has been recognized for the efforts we’ve made to ‘go green,’” said Robert Peake, director, construction and facilities management, Atlantic Health System, which owns and operates Overlook Medical. “The Clean Energy Program grant allows us to implement a project that recycles our energy and has significant environmental benefits. Our emission reduction will be equal to removing the carbon that would be absorbed by 2,244 acres of forest.”
The grant process, part of the state’s Pay for Performance program, required that institutions rate in the top 25 percent according to the national Energy Star Program efficiency survey to be considered for this enhancement project. Overlook Medical rated in the top 17 percent for energy efficiency.
“Medesco is pleased over the award, as the grant will assist Overlook Medical to fund a project that offers value for the hospital and the community,” said Al LoBiondo, principal at Medesco, LLC. “The rigorous third party technical review process validates the efficacy and efficiency of Medesco’s engineering design and applications.”
The project is expected to be installed at Overlook this summer, with plans to create a similar system at sister hospitals Morristown Medical Center and Newton Medical Center in the coming years.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is designated a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and No. 2 for stroke treatment in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.