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Ortonville Area Health Services Caring for Patients and the Environment

When it came time for Ortonville Area Health Services in Ortonville, MN to replace its 1952 building, the facility’s leaders kept the environment in mind by including a geothermal system.

When it came time for Ortonville Area Health Services in Ortonville, MN to replace its 1952 building, the facility’s leaders kept the environment in mind by including a geothermal system.

“Our design goals for the new in-patient addition included not only creating a healing environment but to take advantage of new technologies,” stated Rick Ash, CEO, Ortonville Area Health Services.

“Adding geothermal to our remodel project meant an additional $400,000 up front, but we will see a payback on the system in less than six years. We are pleased that our project is now well underway in creating an exceptional environment for patients, guests and staff,” stated Ash. “We believe that implementing this geothermal system not only will save us significant energy costs into the future, but also has allowed us to be more ‘green’ towards our environment and community.”

The geothermal project consists of a 350 ton water-to-water heat pump chiller. This system uses less energy to heat the facility in the winter and cool it in the summer. The mechanical systems include in-floor heating, a snow melt system and more.