A trio of Lake County hospitals will share a $52,500 dollar grant to help clear the air around hospital ambulance bays. The funds provided through a BP Cleaner Air Through Diesel Emission Reductions Program in conjunction with a consortium of area environmental groups and South Shore Clean Cities Inc. will be used to purchase seven Medidok Idle Reduction Kiosks that plug into ambulances and keep vital systems operating, in lieu of running the engine and emitting fumes, when the vehicle is parked. The funds will be matched by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Dieselwise Program to complete the installation process. Hospital officials say the emergency departments at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond and Franciscan St. Anthony Health- Crown Point combined receive some 21-thousand ambulance drop-offs annually, and hospital officials say the devices are expected to save 17-hundred gallons of fuel during that time.
Photo provided: The hospitals were among a number of Lake County agencies to receive grants during a program Jan. 22 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Shown (from left) receiving a check are Lauren Hansen, Franciscan St. Margaret Health emergency medical services and emergency preparedness coordinator; Tom Keilman, representing BP; Tony Englert, Franciscan Alliance Foundation executive director; Steve Francis, of the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter; Lori Postma, R.N., Franciscan Healthcare-Munster emergency preparedness coordinator; and Carl Lisek, South Shore Clean Cities executive director. In the background is Deb Backus, South Shore Clean Cities project manager, who introduced the recipients and presented details of the awards.