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Hospital's HVAC upgrades benefit from in-house expertise

January 3, 2018

Maintenance and engineering managers know they can’t monitor what they don’t measure. Many also know they can’t capitalize on what they don’t control, according to an article on the FacilitiesNet website.

For Rachel McCarthy, P.E., and her staff at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, taking control of plant upgrade projects has resulted in a series of HVAC upgrades and installations that have delivered bottom-line benefits to the organization. 

“One great lesson has to do with ownership,” said McCarthy, the hospital’s senior director of facilities for building systems, operations and refrigeration. “People really take vested interest when they have ownership. It’s about their equipment and their plant.”

McCarthy’s 35-person department, supplemented by about 70 part-timers and workers performing outsourced tasks, has made a point of becoming deeply involved in the planning and execution of upgrades and retrofits to the hospital’s physical plant. 

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