Humboldt General Invests Millions in Behind-the-Scenes Upgrades

Humboldt General Hospital has invested in a series of multi-million dollar upgrades over the past few months that the public will never see.

"These investments are not visible to the public," said CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish, "but they are essential to making sure our patients have the most exceptional patient care experience possible."

One of those upgrades is a chiller project, which has seen the replacement of the hospital's entire cooling system.

Over the past six months, crews have removed the hospital's previous chillers, which were 40 years old and well past their productive life, in favor of the larger and more efficient system.

"As HGH has continued to add more and larger equipment," said hospital owner representative Mike Sheppard, "the old chillers have strained to meet the hospital's cooling requirements."

Sheppard said the new system will meet the hospital's growing needs for decades to come. Plus, he said the chillers also make a nice complement to a new boiler system that was installed two years ago.

In addition to the chiller project, the hospital has also completed a major electrical upgrade. Over the past few weeks, Nevada Energy has been busy installing a new transformer at HGH and a higher capacity electrical system.

According to Sheppard, these electrical upgrades were not only necessary to keep the hospital's physical plant up to date, but they were absolutely necessary for the facility's new CT machine, which has just come online.

"These are definitely big dollar investments," said Parrish, "but they are critical as we prepare to meet the needs of our community in the decades to come."

Both projects were completed by RHP Mechanical Systems, a Reno-based company that qualified as the low bidder for the work. RHP also completed the hospital's boiler project in 2011 as well as a recent chiller upgrade at Sonoma Heights Elementary School.

The hospital had originally budgeted $1.4 million for the dual project; RHP Mechanical Systems completed the work for just over $1.1 million.

Parrish said he was grateful for a board and a community that has shown support for the necessary upgrades.

"We're grateful for a forward-thinking team that continues to monitor and provide for our hospital's needs," he said.