Preferred Utilities Provides Power to Abington Memorial Hospital during StormWhen Winter Storm Derby knocked out power across much of Pennsylvania, Abington Memorial Hospital continued operating thanks to emergency back-up generation systems provided by Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation.
Danbury, CT — Power outages caused by Winter Storm Derby forced Abington Memorial Hospital to rely on emergency back-up systems. Thanks to the emergency fuel systems provided by Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation, the outage did not affect care and the hospital remained fully staffed throughout the storm.
Dr. John J. Kelly, hospital chief of staff, told local news, “We’re in good shape.” When most local schools and residential complexes found themselves without power, the Abington Memorial hospital continued its critical mission thanks to its emergency generation back-up plan.
According to NC10.com, PECO Energy, the largest power provider in the Philadelphia region, assessed Winter Storm Derby as the worst winter storm outage ever. At the height of the storm, more than 600,000 customers were without power.
Dr. Kelly explained that the hospital found itself in good shape because it had planned for contingencies during events such as snow storms. In the event of lost power, the hospital knew that it needed an emergency generation system that would work in a time of need—because for a hospital, the availability of electricity can be the difference between life and death.
In order for emergency generators to work properly, they needed a reliable delivery system to keep the fuel oil pumping during emergency situations. Abington Hospital was well
prepared for such an emergency situation thanks to a series of fuel oil products provided by Preferred Utilities, including: underground storage tanks, tank gauges, pump sets, day tanks, and boiler fuel delivery systems.
The underground storage tanks keep large amounts of backup fuel ready in case of emergencies. The pump sets provide fuel to the day tanks, where back-up fuel is ready at all times.
For mission critical applications such as emergency diesel generators and dual-fuel boilers, Preferred recommends that at least four hours-worth of fuel is immediately available via the Day Tank without activating the transfer pumps below. Abington Memorial Hospital utilized such a standby back-up fuel system.
Thanks to these products, Abington Memorial Hospital continued providing critical care to local residents during the storm—and they did so with full confidence that their fuel oil system would work when they needed it most.
Preferred Utilities is the single-source umbrella for all mission critical needs. Services include customized engineering, consultation, installation, and scheduled maintenance.
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