The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) has received a $2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to replace three emergency generators and automatic transfer switches, which ensure the hospital can continue providing critical services during extended power outages.
Since 2007, both patient volumes and the size of the hospital campus at UM CRMC have grown substantially. In addition, the electrical requirements of the hospital have grown due to increased use of technologies such as electronic health records, computerized drug dispensing machines, and other high tech diagnostic and treatment equipment which must always be available for patient care – 24/7.
The three existing emergency generators at UM CRMC are 600 KVA, 500 KVA and a 300 KVA for a total of 1400 KVA. Each of the existing generators serves an independent wing of the hospital. This new system will provide a total of 3000 KVA or 1000 KVA from each of the three new emergency generators being installed. These new high efficiency emergency generators will serve the entire hospital via a computerized system that will be able to shift electrical loads as needed.
“An upgraded emergency power system will assure the continuity of operations in the event of an extended power failure” said Noel A. Cervino, President and CEO. The Southern Maryland region has firsthand experience with this because of events such as the 2002 tornado, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and the DERECHO. “As Charles County’s only hospital it is critical we are always prepared and ready for every emergency” says Cervino.
“We are grateful for the support and guidance we received from our elected officials, including U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Senator Mac Middleton, Delegates Sally Jameson, CT Wilson and County Commissioner President Peter Murphy. Securing the federal and state grants to improve our emergency power system was a real team effort for the benefit of the patients we serve” said Cervino.