Efficient and Reliable Power for Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

Since 1916, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital has provided the people of the town of Tarboro and Edgecombe County, North Carolina with top-notch care close to home. The 117-bed facility provides comprehensive services, from outpatient clinics to acute short term care, and boasts professionals in more than 20 specialties. Their comprehensive care includes rehabilitation services, cancer care, birthing and surgery centers, diagnostics, and more. For a small town hospital, Vidant Edgecombe provides important services and excellent care to its community.

As with all hospitals, it is crucial that Vidant have reliable, consistent heating and power supplies for all parts of the hospital, from the operating rooms to the laundry facilities.  Backup systems are also standard at hospitals in case a primary system fails. Vidant relied for many years on two boilers to heat the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over time the boilers started losing efficiency and needing frequent repair, and the hospital administration knew it was only a matter of time until an overhaul of the system would be required.

Brady has performed routine maintenance on the hospital’s HVAC system for many years, and they kept the facility engineer apprised of the situation as the boilers’ performance continued to diminish. Eventually the boilers were frequently unable to maintain a full steam load, which is critical to many of the hospital’s operation. They had also become very inefficient and carbon monoxide (CO) emission-heavy due to incomplete natural gas combustion.

Brady recommended the administration consider a permanent solution to the problem. The administration assumed they would have to replace one of the boilers or add a third boiler to the system, both very expensive and time-consuming efforts. But when they sat down to discuss the options with Brady, they were happily surprised to learn a better solution was available to them.

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