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New backup generator put in place at hospital PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

No matter what may befall us weatherwise or otherwise, rest assured there will not be a blackout at the hospital.

That’s a comforting thought for patients who might be in surgery and/or on life support, and for staff of the entire facility who depend on electricity to run the many technological components of their jobs. 

Last week, a new 350kw generator was put in place to assure that if the power ever goes out, it will be back on in an instant.

The former generator was installed when the hospital was built in 1970. 

It was outdated and didn’t meet standards anymore, said Tim Rowley, director of support services. 

The old generator was small, and, of course, with all of the increases in equipment over the years, it no longer could meet the demand required by Perkins County Health Services, he said.

The new generator can handle the new clinic addition from May 2007 and can accommodate anything added in the future.

The Cummins engine in the generator is capable of producing 755 H.P. It has a 600 gallon fuel tank.  

The need for a new generator was identified several years ago, said Rowley. 

PCHS strives to accomplish goals and meet the needs of the facility, he said, with this being one of the necessary items for quite some time.

The new generator will hopefully be operational by late October, after the necessary wiring is put into place.

It sits on a 27 x 10 foot concrete pad outside the northwest quadrant of the facility.

Mike Smith Construction, Inc. of Holyoke was the contractor in charge of the installation, with Pivot Electric of Imperial taking care of the electrical requirements. 

The new generator was swung into place on Aug. 20.