Updating electrical equipment and infrastructure within a live health care facility requires a great deal of coordination and planning.
When longstanding Miller Electric customer, Nebraska Medicine, decided to proactively replace aging and sometimes original electrical infrastructure equipment within Clarkson Hospital, trusted relationships were critical in ensuring a positive outcome.
Year-Long Effort Will Bring Greater Compliance and Reliability to Electrical Equipment
Work that will take more than a year to complete began in earnest this year. When finished, the hospital will enjoy a more dependable and compliant state of electrical operations and will prevent end of life issues with electrical equipment down the road.
“Miller Electric has the privilege of assisting with the design and installation effort at Nebraska Medicine,” says Senior Electrical Field Manager Rick Stratman. “We based our project plan off electrical equipment assessments and what seems logical to overlap with existing projects as well as what makes the most sense for replacement priority of existing systems.”
Project work has varied, but has included:
- Expansion to a 5KV, 2000KVA essential power substation for an added ATS (Automatic Transfer Switch)
- Visual inspections
- Buss torqueing
- Detailed cleaning
- Replacement of metering equipment
“Performing work like this is pretty straightforward,” says Stratman. “But in a live hospital facility, the planning can often take ten times or more what the actual outage effort involves.”
Planning and Coordination Critical to Project Success
Safely upgrading electrical infrastructure required pre-planning and coordination with both UNMC and Nebraska Medicine to complete construction risk analyses (CRAs), detailed work plans, site visits to all end users in Clarkson Hospital connected to the system, tracing circuits in older areas and confirming system connections across multiple sub systems.
“From a health care perspective, we assisted Nebraska Medicine’s Risk Management team in providing a ‘what if’ and ‘back out’ plan for critical areas including AICU, PACU, SICU, Central Sterile, Dialysis and more,” says Stratman. “For all of those areas, we had to address things like assuring UPSs were up to date on battery replacements, that door controls, security systems and telemetry systems would remain operational. In some cases, vulnerabilities were discovered and a correction plan was noted.”
As the work continues, Miller Electric is grateful to the team involved in making this ongoing project smooth and successful and to Nebraska Medicine for trusting our company with this important work.