Fluke - Century-Old Hospital Hums With 21st-Century Efficiency

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A NASCAR driver would never build a racer on a Model T chassis. He'd never get off pit road. And an HVAC professional probably wouldn't pick a century-old hospital building to compete for the nation's ENERGY STAR award for energy efficiency. But York Chan had no choice. His 551-bed hospital campus, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, dates back to 1908. Yet Chan and his team have turned the old building into a model for energy efficiency.


    Tools: 179 DMM, 62 IR Thermometer and 1735 Three-Phase Power Logger
    Operator: York Chan, Facilities Director, and the entire facilities team of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago
    Measurements: Optimizing lighting, HVAC/air quality, steam, power, and other major systems


Based in Oak Brook, IL, Advocate Health Care is the largest fully integrated not-for-profit health care system in metropolitan Chicago, and is recognized as one of the top 10 systems in the country. Advocate has eleven hospitals with 3,500 beds and a home health care company among its more than 200 sites of care. More than 28,000 people, including more than 5,000 affiliated physicians, work at Advocate, making it one of the Chicago area's largest employers.


Illinois Masonic is one of the Advocate system's largest facilities, a major urban teaching hospital and a Level I trauma center that maintains operations around the clock. In 2006, U.S. News and World Report named it as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for heart care and heart surgery. "A lot of hospitals are now what's known as "boutique" hospitals," Chan said...



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