Hos­pi­tal feels the pain of ris­ing power bills

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We are look­ing at ways to use less ’ en­ergy — Anne McEvoy

RIS­ING power costs look set to claim an­other vic­tim — and this one could hurt the com­mu­nity as a whole.

As power costs con­tinue their up­ward spi­ral, es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture such as hos­pi­tals are find­ing even they aren’t im­mune to the ef­fects if cur­rent es­ti­mates are cor­rect for the com­ing months.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Rochester and El­more Dis­trict Health Ser­vice Anne McEvoy said es­ti­mates for the fore­see­able fu­ture weren’t look­ing good with the hos­pi­tal’s bill ex­pected to rise sub­stan­tially.

‘‘The de­liv­ery of power isn’t an is­sue but the cost is where we are an­tic­i­pat­ing prob­lems in the com­ing months,’’ Mrs McEvoy said.

‘‘We’re pro­ject­ing the new con­tract we are on to cost us an ad­di­tional $120,000 for our power costs over the year, which is sim­ply just too high.

‘‘The last one we had be­fore this was a good deal and didn’t cost too much, but the new one is pro­jected to be a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease over that in terms of over­all cost.’’

REDHS isn’t the only place af­fected by these cost in­creases, with this is­sue af­fect­ing the health in­dus­try as a whole, as the cost of power keeps ris­ing.

‘‘We aren’t the only ones who are go­ing to be af­fected by this as it’s a statewide prob­lem, so some­thing needs to done to bring down the costs,’’ Mrs McEvoy said.

‘‘We are look­ing at ways to use less en­ergy with eco-friendly light­ing for ex­am­ple, but do­ing those prop­erly takes time and costs more money to set up.

‘‘As we’ve grown the cost has gone up and all we can re­ally do right now is see how ac­cu­rate our pre­dic­tions are go­ing to be.’’

Sup­port from the gov­ern­ment to cover the in­creas­ing costs has been stag­nant, which Mrs McEvoy said would greatly re­lieve the pres­sure on them to deal with the pre­dicted cost hike.

‘‘We haven’t had any sub­si­dies to help cover these costs and I think there is a role there for the gov­ern­ment to help out ser­vices like ours so these costs don’t con­tinue to rise and have a last­ing im­pact on us,’’ she said.

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