York Chan, Vice President, Facilities Advocate Health Care

On March 1, 2018, Chicago Advanced Energy held its stakeholder breakfast at the offices of Holland & Knight. The event brought AEG’s stakeholder members together to discuss the topics of Energy Resiliency and Critical Infrastructure.

This installment of the AEG Podcast features York Chan of Advocate Health Care. York represents the energy planning and operation of 12 acute hospitals in Illinois, which consumed 231 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 12 million therms of natural gas in 2017.  Advocate Health Care is fully committed to sustainability, for example York highlighted the 108-year old Chicago Masonic hospital that has an Energy Star rating of 95 and consumes 150,000 btu’s per square foot (the average US hospital consumes 260,000 btu’s per square foot).  The remainder of York’s presentation focused on the reliance on electrical reliability for delivering successful clinical outcomes.  Today’s high-tech equipment in hospitals is vulnerable to power bumps, spikes, and voltage fluctuations, as a result the number one concern for Healthcare Facility Managers is the loss of electricity.  Achieving sustainability goals without sacrificing reliability is a tall order, but York and his team exceeded the 20% energy consumption reduction target for 2010 – 2015 and is now tasked with an additional 20% reduction by 2025.

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