Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center Taps GE’s Emergency Power System

October 10, 2012 By Paul Nastu

The 664-bed Rush University Medical Center campus in Chicago, Illinois is using an emergency critical power system from GE.

Complying with the 10-second restoration time mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the city of Chicago, GE’s critical power system provides emergency and back-up power to the 13-building hospital from a central energy plant in 10 seconds or less. GE and Rush executives highlighted the project during the 2012 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Chicago.

GE’s multimode UPS technology is designed to deliver uninterrupted power to Rush University Medical Center’s telecommunications systems in the East Tower Building, offering 99 percent efficiency in eBoost mode (eBoost is GE’s patented multi-mode operation with that delivers energy efficiency up to 99 percent).

At the hospital, GE’s UPS system is a feature of a new centralized energy plant that began operating at the hospital in January 2012. Before the GE solution was installed, Rush University Medical Center’s potential time without power ranged from 14-16 seconds.

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