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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Receives Clean Energy Grant for Center for Advanced Care

Chicago, Ill. – August 13, 2013 – Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has been awarded a $115,000 grant by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for the LEED design of its new Center for Advanced Care.

The grant will support building design and commissioning at the LEED Silver level, as well as innovative building energy systems for the hospital’s new outpatient care center. The Center for Advanced Care, scheduled to open spring 2015, will provide new space for the medical center’s oncology, ambulatory surgery and digestive health services.

“I’m so proud of everyone’s efforts to make this grant possible and look forward to putting it to use,” said Susan Nordstrom Lopez, Advocate Illinois Masonic president. “Advocate Illinois Masonic is committed to the environment and reducing energy consumption and this grant will help us further that commitment in our new building.”

“Sustainability has been a top priority for us, from the design and the materials we used to the technology and equipment that will be housed inside,” said Roberto Orozco, Strategy, Planning and Design manager for Advocate Health Care. “In addition to the LEED design, the building will feature two green roofs, a park, a green wall and a variety of energy-efficient elements.”

LEED certification, which is awarded by the United States Green Building Council, is based on a system of ratings in which buildings earn points for the green elements involved in the design. To attain LEED Silver certification for the Center for Advanced Care, the design and construction teams have incorporated a number of innovative energy systems to capture and reutilize water and energy that would otherwise be discharged as waste. These systems include:

  • Rotary heat exchangers for heat recovery, which will reduce the building’s cooling load by nearly 75 tons
  • Heat recovery chillers to capture heat that would otherwise be exhausted through the cooling towers, redirecting it toward building needs
  • Magnetic bearing chillers that are up to 40 percent more energy efficient than standard chillers
  • Condensate collectors to capture condensate from the building’s air handling unit so the water can be utilized rather than wasted

In total, these energy-saving features will save the Center for Advanced Care about 35 percent in energy costs.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation supports investments in clean energy through grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities and government agencies. The Foundation’s High Performance Green Buildings Program, under which the grant award was made, is a competitive grants program to advance energy efficiency and promote renewable energy technologies.

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 three 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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