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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center receives record-setting rebate from ComEd for energy efficiency

Chicago, Ill. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center recently received a $203,700 rebate check from ComEd—the largest rebate for an energy saving equipment retrofit ever presented to a Chicago hospital.


In fact, the full rebate is the second-largest rebate awarded to any business in the City of Chicago, according to ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business representative.

The North Side medical center received the rebate after it replaced its outdated chiller system, the method of cooling most of the 1.14 million square-foot facility, with three new, high-efficiency 700-ton chillers. The chillers were selected using life-cycle cost analysis to minimize total cost of ownership over the next 30 years. The total operating efficiency of the new plant is between 0.42 - 0.56 kW/ton, including pumps and cooling towers.

“An accomplishment of this magnitude demonstrates Advocate’s leadership and commitment to health at all levels, from the patient bed to the wider environment in which we all live,” said Karen Weigert, Chicago’s chief sustainability officer. “The City of Chicago would like to thank Advocate Illinois Masonic for undertaking a project that advances Sustainable Chicago 2015, making Chicago more livable, competitive and sustainable.”

“As Chicago’s first ENERGY STAR-rated hospital, we take great pride in furthering our commitment to energy efficiency and the environment,” said Craig McKenzie, CHFM, regional director of facilities for Advocate Health Care, parent of Advocate Illinois Masonic. “The health and safety of our community is the top priority in anything we do.”

Smart Ideas provides a variety of information, technical and financial resources to customers to help manage their energy budgets. But it all rests on a simple commitment to deliver value to our customers. Not only do these programs improve the conditions and comfort of their facilities, they help generate savings that go straight to a company’s bottom line.” said Val Jensen, senior vice president, Customer Operations for ComEd.


About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010 and 2013. The medical center has also been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which it originally achieved in 2008. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2013 Truven Health Analytics Top 15 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit

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