New Canadian hospital includes green technology, radiant heating for lower operating costs

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 09:59

The opening of a new emergency wing in a Nanaimo, British Columbia hospital has garnered significant attention from the local media, as the state-of-the-art facility has been equipped with the latest technology and products.
According to the Nanaimo Bulletin, this not only helps to provide patients and doctors with a more comfortable place to conduct life-saving business, but it also allows for the hospital to reduce its operating costs.
The news outlet reported that the construction project was seen as a way for the hospital to spend money up front and see savings on the back end, and the $36.9 million project received the support of the local community.
The impact that this new section of the hospital could have on the community has been the main focus of the staff, despite the significant changes that were made to the building itself.
"We think of doctors and nurses, but there are so many other people involved in the care of patients, each and every one of them bringing their skill and their compassion," Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid told the Bulletin.
The new facility will feature a number of new medical machines, the latest industry technology and comfort-inducing products like subfloor radiant heating.
The hospital's patients will also benefit from the use of radiant heating throughout the facility, as the technology not only helps to provide a sufficient level of warmth by using much less energy, but it also is a cleaner alternative to forced-air systems.
The system is able to operate without the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents, all of which contribute dust and other airborne contaminants into a room. Since radiant floor heating works without these fixtures, patients will be warmed in a quiet, clean and efficient manner.