Pipeline would benefit hospital
As the largest community hospital in Vermont and the state’s second-largest medical institution, our mission at Rutland Regional Medical Center is to improve the health of the Rutland region and surrounding communities by providing appropriate, superior, integrated, preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic health services in a caring environment through the strength of our people, technology and relationships. We take this mission very seriously, but we must also control our costs in order to provide high-quality services the community can afford.
For that reason, Monday’s story about the contention by some that Rutland County doesn’t need a natural gas line is of concern. Rutland County does indeed need natural gas, which would help control operating costs at Rutland Regional as well as other organizations. RRMC already uses compressed natural gas because it is less expensive. The gas line would further reduce costs. Gas offers greater flexibility and choice to all manner of businesses and institutions and would be a positive addition to the region’s recruiting toolbox.
Air source heat pumps, as the article states, could be a boon to homeowners. But when heating buildings of the size of Rutland Regional, they can be only a small part of our energy picture. Natural gas on the other hand, reduces air emissions, lowers costs for the hospital and our patients, and puts the region on a level energy playing field with northwestern Vermont. We support a natural gas line coming to Rutland.
THOMAS W. HUEBNER