5 Hospitals That Rely on Miura Industrial Boilers
Miura boilers are a perfect match for a wide-variety of industries, including everything from large college campuses to small craft breweries. However, we’re most proud of the way our boilers help those in the healthcare industry. With the way our boilers help facilities save space and easily adjust to fluctuating steam needs, they are ideal for hospitals and other types of healthcare facilities. The compact size of our boilers also makes it easy for hospitals to comply with the N+1 system requirements.
Here is a closer look at five hospitals that are happy they have a Miura boiler handling all of their on-demand steam needs.
Bryce State Hospital
To abide by a state-wide mandate for energy efficiency, Bryce State Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital in Alabama, recently updated their steam boilers. The hospital shut down its centrally located fire tube boiler and installed two Miura boilers in each of the three patient-care buildings on the Bryce State campus. The results have been astounding
Bob White, director of engineering for Bryce State Hospital, reports that after installing the Miura boilers, the hospital’s natural gas consumption was reduced by nearly 50%. All it took was installing one Miura LX 50 boiler and one LX 100 boiler in each building. The LX 50 boilers do most of the heavy lifting for providing heating and hot water, while the LX 100 boilers turn on automatically when the load demand becomes too much for the LX 50.
On top of the savings in fuel, White has been impressed by the BL Micro Controller Boiler Control System that has accompanied the Miura boilers. The BL Controller makes it easy to measure the performance of each boiler and quickly diagnose any issue. In short, Bryce State Hospital could not be more satisfied with their switch to Miura boilers.
“Everything Miura said these boilers would do, they have done,” said White.
Intermountain Healthcare’s The Orthopedic Speciality Hospital (TOSH) in Murray, Utah is a top facility for sports medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. Thanks to Miura, it also has one of the country’s most efficient steam boiler systems.
TOSH is a unique case because Intermountain’s corporate energy manager Troy Jensen designed a custom boiler control system that allows him to control every aspect of the facility’s boilers from an iPad. Via the iPad, Jensen says he can “cycle the boilers, turn them on and off, switch them around, and change their pressure set points.” With that system combined with the efficiency of Miura’s boilers, TOSH has improved fuel efficiency by 42 percent.
Manchester Memorial Hospital
Manchester Memorial Hospital, a small hospital outside Hartford, Connecticut, is always looking for ways to cut costs while also providing quality care for the patients in its 249-bed facility. Part of updating many of the old and outdated systems inside the hospital was replacing three fire tube boilers that were installed in 1966 with four of Miura’s modular boilers.
Those four Miura boilers have given Manchester Memorial Hospital the kind of savings they need. The facility’s fuel expenses are down an estimated 35 percent. On top of that, Miura’s boilers have helped the hospital reduce its environmental impact by lowering emissions of both NOx and CO2. Most importantly, these are changes that will be long-lasting.
“We have been consistently diligent in our efforts to find ways to reduce our costs,” says Peter J. Karl, the president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network. “With this project, we are achieving this goal by creating a healthier, environmentally friendly and cost-efficient facility that will better serve our patients and staff for decades to come.”
Southeastern Healthcare in Lumberton, North Carolina is a hospital with a history that dates back to 1906. When it was time to replace their old boiler system, director of facility services Joe Buri expected to go with traditional boilers. However, the more he learned about Miura boilers, the more intrigued he became. Ultimately, Southeastern Healthcare installed four Miura boilers in its primary steam plant and one more offsite for its laundry room.
Buri says the ability to shut off the boilers completely when they’re not needed has been a huge money saver for the hospital. He estimates fuel use in their steam plant is down 20% while the boiler in the laundry room, which is typically shut down at night, has reduced energy costs 40% from the previous year.
“Miura’s unique technology allowed us to stage boilers based upon load, and their quick recovery became an important key in giving us the flexibility and also the savings that we were looking for,” says Buri.
UnityPoint Meriter Healthcare
Located in Madison, Wisconsin, UnityPoint Healthcare – Meriter is often recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country. It recently replaced its two old boilers with five of Miura’s modular boilers. While facilities manager Ryan Unzicker says he liked the efficiency and low NOx emissions of Miura boilers, their ability to start producing steam quickly from a cold startup was the most important factor in choosing Miura.
In Wisconsin, it’s not unusual to have temperatures drop to 20 below 0 some mornings. In such instances, it’s vital for a hospital to produce steam quickly. Unzicker says with Miura’s boilers 60 lbs. of steam (per square inch) can be pumped into the hospital in roughly 15 minutes, something that would have taken hours with the hospital’s old boilers.
Unzicker also notes that the compact size of Miura’s boilers made installation easy. Larger boilers would have required removing walls in Meriter’s rather small steam plant. However, such an expensive and time-consuming step was not needed in order to install the Miura boilers. Unzicker also says that with the added space inside the hospital’s steam plant, routine maintenance on the boilers has become much easier to perform.
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