Ascension, St. Vincent 86th Street Hospital needed an upgrade on their aging, obsolete emergency power infrastructure to a reliable, modern system that meets current code requirements, including NEC XXX.x, NEC XXX.x, and NEC 700.3 to name a few. In addition to updating the hospital’s generator and controls, we provided increased reliability through the use of redundant hot swappable programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), portable generator camlock connections and load bank camlock connections to ensure the hospital could safely operate, test and maintain their emergency system with zero interruptions in the foreseeable future. The campus wide emergency power system at Ascension, St. Vincent is now ready to run for another 30 years.
In partnership with ASCO, we designed, planned and implemented a generator paralleling switchgear emergency system and new supervisory controls. We also upgraded the three existing onsite permanent generator controls with zero interruption to patient care. We accomplished this by utilizing redundant portable generators to support the hospital’s critical loads while the upgrades were commissioned.