SOURCE: Cumming Corporation

Cumming Corporation

March 28, 2011 11:04 ET

Cumming Cost Management System Creates Energy and Financial Savings for Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Cumming Cost Estimating Expertise Gives Way to Cogeneration Plant and Technological Upgrades, Benefitting San Diego's Healthcare Needs

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2011) - Cumming, a leading international project and cost consultancy firm, has teamed with Sharp Grossmont Hospital to provide valuable Cost Management services that will help ensure hospital-wide improvements including new energy-efficiency features, technological upgrades and internal renovations to the La Mesa site. By leveraging Cumming's industry-leading construction consulting team, Sharp Grossmont looks to bring the hospital a striking new look and overhauled internal operational structure to meet the county's growing health care needs.

In recognition of the growing healthcare industry, Cumming's team worked directly with Sharp Grossmont Hospital to value key aspects of the hospital's renovations. Cumming provided Cost Management services for:

  • Replacement of the central utility plant
  • Renovation of existing bed towers
  • A new diagnostic and treatment tower 
  • Site utilities infrastructure upgrades
  • Infrastructure for the new electronic data records and telecommunications systems

As part of the new central utility plant, two aging gas fired turbines will be replaced with a single larger and more efficient natural gas fired turbine, which drives an electrical generator sized to meet the hospital's current and future electrical demand. The central plant will also deliver saturated steam to power a steam chiller, cooling the campus during the warm summer months. Through this simultaneous production of electricity and steam, Sharp will achieve up to a 40% savings on energy expenses and provide even greater savings to the environment.

"Building on its reputation for delivering exceptional health care to the East San Diego community for the past 55 years, it's only fitting for Sharp Grossmont Hospital to partner with Cumming on facility enhancements and expansion," said Dan McDaniel, Prop G Program Manager for Sharp Grossmont.

"As part of our commitment to transform the health care experience -- which Sharp HealthCare launched in 2001 with The Sharp Experience -- we have made numerous advances in clinical outcomes, patient safety enhancements and organizational and service improvements at our hospital. We are excited to team with Cumming as we continue on our journey to be the best place to receive care."

Key members of the Cumming team are Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) accredited, a highly regarded program that tests individuals on their understanding of how to base healthcare building design decisions, a unique advantage Cumming offers when working with healthcare clients. Cumming's team of highly specialized internal cost-estimators continues to run assessments at various stages of the project to ensure that the project is being executed with efficient use of investment.

"We recognize our role as Cost Manager to be much more than estimating the cost of the work and executing to a plan," said John Wayne Heusner, Cumming's Cost Management Director. "We provide value by having a strong understanding of the hospital's goals for improved patient outcomes and meeting employee needs, understanding unique market demands, and assessing risk management strategies as well as heeding ever present budget constraints."

Cumming has a history of helping provide better healthcare facilities for San Diegans. Some of Cumming's other notable Healthcare clients include Kaiser Permanente, UC San Diego, Stanford Hospital, and other prominent international healthcare systems and Educational Institutions.

For more information on Cumming and their role with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, please contact Nikki Jimenez at nikki.jimenez@focuscominc.com or directly at 619.233.7778.

About Cumming:
Cumming is an international program and cost consultancy firm. Since opening for business in 1996, Cumming has provided efficient and cost-effective solutions to ensure that projects in the education, healthcare, and hospitality sectors are executed on time and within budget. Cumming provides a solutions-oriented suite of services that specifically address our clients' unique challenges, thus enabling them to achieve extraordinary results. For more information, please visit www.ccorpusa.com.

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