DMC dealing with power difficulties

ELKINS – Recent disaster and emergency planning drills at Davis Medical Center made for a smooth transition Sunday when dealing with a power outage caused by a break-down in a transformer, officials said.

The drills helped ensure those in charge were well-prepared to deal with the situation, said Tracy Fath, Davis Health System director of marketing and development.

Fath said on Sunday an outage necessitated power be switched to the back-up generator system and directed to essential patient care areas. She said the medical center will continue to operate on full generator power until repairs on the transformer are complete and normal power is restored.

Hospital administrators and emergency planners anticipate full power to be restored by Wednesday. The problem was caused by a coil in a transformer located in the hospital.

“We are in good shape,” said Davis Medical Center CEO Mark Doak. “Patient safety and patient care will not be jeopardized. They are our first priority.”

Patient care areas including day surgery and the operating room, the emergency department, the family birthing center, radiology, laboratory and two nursing units are operating normally. Non-patient areas are being asked to conserve power where feasible.

Patient scheduling, billing and medical records services are available as usual.

“We are capable of doing everything we normally do,” Doak said. “We appreciate the quick response and attentiveness of our staff and medical staff during this temporary outage. They are putting out patients first, just as they do each day.”

Fath said the transition to back-up generator was so smooth that patients and families were unaware of the switch. She said the emergency back-up generator is located in front of the Davis Medical Center on Reed Street.