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Sharp Grossmont Hospital: off the grid

Dec. 27, 2016

Sharp Grossmont Hospital: off the grid

Dave Grundstrom, chairman of the Sharp Grossmont Hospital board, and Michael Emerson, vice president of the Grossmont Healthcare District board, join donors Mary Alice Brady and Ron Brady for the official launch of the hospital's central energy plant.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital and the Grossmont Healthcare District officially celebrated the completion of the hospital's new central energy plant (CEP), which now supplies the hospital with its own generated energy, taking Sharp Grossmont off the electrical grid.

Elected officials visited the hospital recently to officially flip a giant symbolic switch, to commemorate the achievement. The three-story, on-site plant will save millions of dollars in energy costs, and is expected to reduce the hospital's emissions of greenhouse gas pollutants by 90 percent. Funding for the project came from the taxpayer-approved Proposition G — a 2006 ballot measure — and philanthropic support.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital: off the grid
Sharp Grossmont Hospital CEO Scott Evans; Grossmont Healthcare District CEO Barry Jantz; San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob; Grossmont Healthcare District Board Vice President Michael Emerson; donors Mary Alice Brady and Ron Brady; Sharp Grossmont Hospital Board Chair Dave Grundstrom; Sharp HealthCare President and CEO Mike Murphy; Sharp HealthCare Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations Dan Gross.

The plant also houses a new $18 million cogeneration system, paid for by Sharp Grossmont Hospital. In the event of a major outage or other emergency, the hospital will be able to continue caring for its patients and operating as needed. Signage on the building reads "Brady Family CoGen," in honor of a major donation from East County residents Ron and Mary Alice Brady.

"I'm very proud of the efforts by the Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital," says San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose district includes East County. "The CEP is emitting less than half of the allowable emissions, which makes it one of the five least-polluting plants recently constructed in the state of California."

The cogeneration system uses a combustion turbine generator (CTG) — similar in function to a spinning engine on a passenger jetliner. Powered by natural gas, the CTG has the capacity to produce up to 4.4 megawatts of electricity. Though this is more power than the hospital currently needs, the new facility was designed to allow for future growth and expansion, which includes ongoing construction of a 71,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center.

For the news media: To talk with a representative of Sharp Grossmont Hospital about the central energy plant for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at erica.carlson@sharp.com.

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