|Oct 29, 2012 --
Philip Health Services is a not-for-profit critical access hospital providing emergency care 24-hours a day in Philip, South Dakota. Primary family medical care is provided by the medical staff of physicians and mid-level providers. Philip Health Services sought to replace an inefficient heating system and reduce energy costs by connecting to the community’s existing geothermal heat exchange system.
Philip Health Services received nearly $1.4 million from USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Loan program to connect the hospital and nursing home facilities to the geothermal heat exchange system in Philip, South Dakota. The project included a geothermal pipeline extension, upgrades to portions of the existing system, construction of a new mechanical room, and electrical system upgrades.
Since Philip Health Services received the Rural Development Loan to connect to the energy-efficient geothermal heat exchange, annual heating costs have been reduced by more than 50%.
“This investment has not only developed a safe, reliable, and cost-effective heating system, it has enhanced the long-term financial stability of an organization that employs more than 130 people,” said Kent Olson, CEO/Administrator of Philip Health Services, Inc. “The thousands of dollars saved on heating costs each year can be put to better uses, such as upgrading health care facilities and providing additional health programs and services to the community. “