Installation delivers cleaner, more resilient low-carbon energy to both campuses
Today, Stamford Health announced the successful installation of fuel cell systems at Stamford Hospital on the Bennett Medical Center Campus and Tully Heath Center. The fuel cell systems deliver always-on low-carbon energy and are resilient to electricity grid disruptions caused by weather or other factors, ensuring a reliable source of power for patients and staff while having a positive environment impact.
The project continues Stamford Health’s commitment to environmental safety. When the new Stamford Hospital opened in 2016, it was the first facility in Connecticut and the largest facility in the country to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Certification. The fuel cell system installation marks the next step in the hospital’s continued commitment to energy and environmental design.
The systems also provide significant energy cost savings, allowing Stamford Health to reinvest those resources in patient care and access, and sharply reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
“At Stamford Health, we aim to deliver expert, compassionate care for our patients while being a good neighbor to our surrounding communities,” said Stamford Health President & CEO, Kathleen Silard. “The installation of our new fuel cell systems allows us to deliver on both of those promises. We now have our own electric microgrid which protects us against disruptions while reducing pollution.”
The fuel systems were installed by Bloom Energy and SK ecoplant Americas. SK ecoplant managed the construction and installation while Bloom’s solid oxide fuel cells can generate electricity from a variety of fuels, including natural gas and biogas, without combustion, decreasing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx).
About Stamford Health
Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,800 employees committed to caring for the community through a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families receive expert, compassionate care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 40 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.
Stamford Health is known for its expert, person-centered care through its many recognitions and partnerships. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Stamford Hospital as a High Performing Hospital. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rated Stamford Hospital as a five-star hospital for Overall Quality. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has granted Stamford Hospital Magnet Status, which recognizes superior patient care with the highest level of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. Stamford Hospital is a Planetree Gold-Certified Person-Centered Hospital of Distinction, and one of only seven in the world to attain that distinction.
Stamford Health is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and has recently expanded its relationship with Columbia to offer treatment and expertise from Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s nationally recognized heart surgeons. Stamford Health and Hospital for Special Surgery have created a premier center for specialty orthopedic care right in Stamford, CT. Additionally, in 2020 Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center entered into an expanded collaboration with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center.
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