Friday, Dec 13, 2013
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Builds Energy Plant
CARBONDALE -- A new energy plant is being built at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Hospital officials want to install extra back-up generators in case of an emergency or power outage.
"We want to make sure that no matter what time of year a power outage happens we are ready for it," said Vice-President of Southern Illinois Healthcare Dave Holland.
The new plant will act as a safety power source for the hospital. In 2009, the hospital went without air conditioning for two days after the May 8th storm knocked out power.
"In the May 8th storm we were able to keep all of our systems up and running but we did discover some issues," explained Holland.
The $8-million project is expected to be completed sometime next spring and will give the hospital a total of five back-up generators.
"During a power failure their primary function will be to run the air condition that will come out of this building," said facilities director Tom Stewart. "WIth the reliance on the electronic equipment we have to be able to cool that equipment to maintain patient care during a power outage."
It's an upgrade that officials hope will make the hospital better prepared in case of a natural disaster.
"The building is designed above and beyond current seismic standards," said Stewart. "We are putting special roofing systems on. Even if we have another derecho like we did in 2009. This building is designed to still be standing there and be operational."
Wind: 5 MPH
Humidity: 63 %