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OMC Goes Green with help of DED Loan

OMC Goes Green with help of DED Loan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy will host a celebration on October 13, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) in West Plains, Mo.

The event is to commemorate the completion of a $2,340,000 upgrade project utilizing Missouri’s Energy Loan Program, and it is the first time the loan program has been used for a not-for-profit medical facility.

Ozarks Medical Center was awarded a low-interest loan of $2,340,000 from the Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy. The total cost for the project was $2.6 million, the upgrades to OMC began in May 2013, and the project was completed in two years. The loan is expected to be repaid within 10 years.

“Ozarks Medical Center is pleased to be chosen as the first not-for-profit medical center to partner with Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy on this type of program. The program made it possible for OMC to take a big step toward becoming a more ‘green’ facility,” said Tom Keller, president and CEO of OMC.

The Energy Loan Program provided financial support to implement several energy efficiency projects included renovation of the primary HVAC (heating and air-conditioning) systems and upgrading lighting fixtures throughout the buildings.

“The energy efficiency upgrades are projected to save the facility $267,700 annually,” according to Kim Thompson, Chief Financial Officer of Ozarks Medical Center. In addition, the projects are projected to save 440,700 kWh in electricity and 27,970MMBtu in natural gas annually. This is the equivalent to avoiding 1,787 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, or the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 376 cars.

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, 8 primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services. The money saved by Ozarks Medical Center will allow OMC to have a smaller energy footprint, as well as continue to provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in its mission to provide quality compassionate care to all it serves.

The Division of Energy provides loans to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri. Loan financing may be used for various energy-saving investments, including projects such as high efficiency lighting fixtures and lamps, high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, combined heat and power systems, renewable energy systems, waste heat recovery, energy efficient fine bubble diffusers and high efficiency pumps, building shell improvements such as insulation and other infiltration measures, and other measures that reduce energy use and cost.

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