Bolstering Hospitals and Other Critical Facilities with Infrastructure Maintenance and Service Upgrades
PSEG Long Island is prepared to support the electrical needs of the community
(UNIONDALE, N.Y. – March 31, 2020) PSEG Long Island is committed to reinforcing the exceptional electric reliability on Long Island and in the Rockaways during this difficult time. Crews are working to bolster the electric service to hospitals as they expand, and are increasing the inspections and maintenance of the specific transmission and distribution infrastructure that serve these critical facilities.
“We appreciate the urgency of the situation and have our employees doing extra inspection patrols and trimming trees along the specific electric circuits that our hospitals and other critical facilities rely on,” said John O’Connell, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “No matter what happens, we will continue working hard to give our medical staff and first responders the reliable service they need now more than ever.”
In addition, local hospitals have requested service upgrades to provide electricity to temporary facilities being constructed to accommodate the increasing number of patients requiring care at this time.
PSEG Long Island quickly installed additional service for Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside last week. This involved setting a pole, three transformers and running overhead wires to the service panel for a temporary tent set-up to provide medical services.
“We are very grateful to PSEG Long Island for their quick response,” said Joe Calderone, Senior Vice President at Mount Sinai South Nassau. “The COVID-19 crisis is stretching the resources of the entire health care system. Knowing that we have reliable power as we erect temporary structures to meet the growing needs of our patients during this pandemic is critical.”
Other Long Island hospitals requesting new service installations for temporary medical facilities are SUNY Stony Brook and Winthrop. PSEG Long Island crews expect to complete this work in the next two weeks.
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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.