Augusta Health Experiences Power Outage After Generators Fail

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

FISHERSVILLE, Va.---The Augusta Health Campus lost power for nearly an hour on Friday night, possibly due to thunderstorms in the area.

Administrative Director of Nursing Dianne Moody said the generators did not work when the power went out after 10 p.m.

"We did have a lot of visitors here at the time and they were pretty uneasy in the dark and worried about their families," said Moody.

However, she said all staff implemented emergency procedures during the outage. On call staff came to the hospital to restore power and bring generators back online.

"There was really no interruption in our care. It just wasn't quite the way we were use to delivering it. But no patient [was] compromised," said Moody.

She said all the hospital equipment runs on batteries, if there is no power.

"It wasn't our life support equipment, it wasn't our IVs. It was very very dark," said Moody.

According to Moody, some employees got extra flashlights from the storage area, for staff to use.

"To be doing something by flashlight that you normally do everything by lighting, it was very different," said Moody.

However, she said employees prepare for situations like this throughout the year.

"We do emergency drills, whether it is for a tornado, a flood, a hurricane, a fire," said Moody.

On Friday night, she said staff expected another storm to come through.

"We were ready if another storm had hit at 4 or 5 in the morning," said Moody.

Augusta Health employees will investigate the cause of the outage. Moody said this is a situation staff will evaluate and learn from.

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