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Power returned to suburban Detroit hospital

Full electricity returned to suburban Detroit hospital after underground cable repairs
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 15, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Electricity was restored Friday to parts of a suburban Detroit hospital that lost power when problems were found in two underground cables.

Full power was returned about 12:15 p.m. to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, said spokeswoman Colette Stimmell.

The hospital, about five miles north of Detroit, was notified by DTE Energy about 5:30 p.m. Thursday about problems in two of three cables that supply electricity to the campus.

Crews took down the two cables for emergency repairs and generator power was turned on about 8 p.m. Thursday.

“All medical equipment was operational, but you had limited lighting in patient rooms and hallways,” said Stimmell, who added there also was no air conditioning. “We were able to deliver care. There were some challenges. We had to bring in additional lights and fans to keep our patients and staff as comfortable as possible.”

The third cable kept power flowing to other parts of the campus and the hospital’s South Tower.

The emergency room remained open and medical equipment remained operational. Elective surgeries were delayed, Stimmell said.

Essential surgeries were moved to operating rooms in the South Tower. No patients had to be relocated to other facilities.

“Now that we’re back on total, full power, we are in the process of rescheduling elective surgeries,” she said.


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