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Cheshire Medical Center Implements Energy-Saving Lighting Upgrades


April 12, 2021

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Contact: Matthew Barone, Director of Marketing and Communications
603-354-6921 or mbarone@cheshire-med.com

 

Cheshire Medical Center Implements Energy-Saving Lighting Upgrades

 

Keene, N.H.—As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing energy use and its carbon footprint, Cheshire Medical Center—a nonprofit medical center advancing the health and wellness of the Monadnock region and part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health—has replaced approximately 2,500 fluorescent light bulbs with new, state-of-the-art LED lights. In addition to energy and cost savings, the new lights will also create a more comfortable environment for employees, helping to increase productivity.

 

Completed in partnership with Eversource and Hamblet Electric, the upgrades provide immediate cost savings to Cheshire and were completed in a matter of weeks. The estimated energy savings are 46,284 kWh annually, which will reduce carbon emissions by 36 tons a year—or the equivalent of planting more than 500 trees. In addition, the upgrades will result in estimated annual energy cost savings of over $5,000 and a reduction in annual maintenance costs of over $7,000.

 

“This project reflects two of our core values at Cheshire—community collaboration and making sustainable business decisions,” said Cheshire President and CEO Don Caruso, MD, MPH. “We strive to pursue and achieve measurable, continuous improvement across every aspect of our organization, and this project is a prime example of how local collaboration can lead to a sustainable business outcome that benefits everyone involved.”

 

“For many of our business partners, the pandemic has reinforced the value of saving money and reducing energy use through energy efficiency, and we are so proud to have helped Cheshire Medical Center with these upgrades,” said Kate Peters, Energy Efficiency Manager at Eversource. “The energy savings and carbon reduction will be significant as the medical center continues its critical work to support the health and well-being of its patients.” 

 

The lighting upgrades have not gone unnoticed by the employees at Cheshire Medical Center. Cheshire Medical Center Facilities Electrician Jim Nikiforakis said, “the new lights have made a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the hospital. We’ve partnered with Eversource and Hamblet Electric over the years for significant energy projects, and I’m thrilled with the speed at which we were able to implement the new lightsno small feat while battling a pandemic at a busy hospital. Cheshire Medical has been, and remains, committed to reducing our carbon footprint while also making our patients and staff more comfortable. This project has accomplished both while also providing cost savings.”

 

The life expectancy on the hospital’s new LED flat panel fixture is about 50,000 hours and uses less than half the energy of the old fluorescent bulbs. In a year full of challenges, this significant upgrade at an important local medical center is sure to improve the experience of patients and staff for years to come, all while working towards an important sustainability goal.

 

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About Cheshire Medical Center: Cheshire Medical Center (Cheshire) is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) affiliate providing the communities in the Greater Monadnock Region a continuum of care spanning primary care and specialty medicine, to surgical services and acute inpatient care. For more than 125 years, Cheshire has been a key contributor to the health and vitality of the Monadnock Region. As a not-for-profit community medical center, Cheshire is deeply committed to delivering excellent care in a safe and welcoming environment. Cheshire is dedicated to being a great neighbor and serves as an integral community resource. Cheshire is the area’s largest health care provider and leading employer. Along with the services delivered on their Keene campus and satellite locations, the Medical Center partners with local organizations to provide vital services and programs throughout the region. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

 

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