Yaw Announces $500,000 Grant for Evangelical Community Hospital

HARRISBURG – Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) announced today that Evangelical Community Hospital received a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to modernize its campus in Union County.

The Union County Hospital Authority will use the funding to buy and install an 850-ton high-efficiency chiller that will cool a new four-story patient tower designed as part of the campus’s Patient Room Improvement Modernization and Enhancement Initiative (PRIME).

The chiller, a key component of the hospital’s Efficiency Initiative, will save $28,000 on yearly utility costs thanks to a 394,075 kWh reduction in energy consumption – the equivalent to powering 32 homes annually.

“I was happy to lend my support for the Evangelical Community Hospital Efficiency Initiative,” Sen. Yaw said. “The state investment will help Evangelical’s Main Campus building drastically reduce its carbon footprint, which demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to investing in the physical and economic health and well-being of residents throughout my Senate district.”

Evangelical Community Hospital staffs 792 residents at its main campus in Kelly Township and more than 1,900 across its healthcare system, serving as Union County’s second largest employer.

“Evangelical Community Hospital is very grateful to receive a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant of $500,000 for the Hospital’s $1.9 million Efficiency Initiative,” said Evangelical Community Hospital CEO Kendra Aucker. “The improved cooling of the new PRIME expansion will increase comfort for patients and provide for back-up cooling during power outages. We wish to express our appreciation to Senator Yaw for his support of Evangelical’s request of RACP funding for this important project.”

RACP, a $3.1 billion program administered through the Office of the Budget, provides grants for development projects that boost the economic, civic, cultural, recreational or historical value of the surrounding community.

 

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