St. Bernardine Medical Center

San Bernardino, CA
Key Facts
Client Type: Healthcare
Technology: CHP
Geography: West Coast

– The St. Bernardine Medical Center is relied upon by a large community to service the residents.

– GIE won a multi-year service and maintenance contract at the site, completed the necessary upgrades and repairs, and re-commissioned the system, which is now enjoying incredible operational success.

St. Bernardine Medical Center
Executive Summary:

The St. Bernardine Medical Center has been serving the health care needs of the people in the Inland Empire since 1931. Owned by Dignity Health, it is a highly regarded 342 bed acute care nonprofit hospital, located in San Bernardino, CA. With skyrocketing energy costs, a cogeneration system was designed for the hospital to reduce extremely high operational costs, help the hospital become more sustainable, and increase energy efficiency to lower greenhouse gases and combat global warming


Completed in 2005, the plant was never fully operational and was the plant plagued with operational problems. The original contractor fell into bankruptcy compounding delays while increasing hospital operating costs continued to rise dramatically every year. GI Energy’s challenge was to choose the best design to maximize ROI and choose the right Contractor for the installation.

How Our Services Helped:

GI Energy was contracted to oversee the recommissioning process and warranty work. Our company identified system deficiencies and after the system provider walked away from the project (without completing the recommended retrofits and upgrades), GIE won a multi-year service and maintenance agreement, completed the necessary repairs and upgrades, and successfully recommissioned the plant.

ROI & Future Plans:

Since GIE has taken over operational control of the cogeneration plant, St. Bernadine Med Center has enjoyed incredible success, with 96% reliability in 2014. Some of the important operational benefits that saw dramatic improvement were:

  • Engine oil consumption of oil went from 10 gallons per day to about ½ gallon.
  • Exhaust back pressure reduced by 75%.
  • Emissions levels went from a difficult daily challenge to very low and consistent.