St. E's on generator power due to fire

YOUNGSTOWN — St. Elizabeth Health Center had a power outage at 10:45 a.m. today when fire damaged an underground main feeder line between the hospital and its electric substation located at Covington Street and Park Avenue.

No patients delivered by ground ambulance were diverted because of the outage. The hospital, however, asked helicopter companies to life flight their patients, should they have any, to another trauma facility, said Tina Creighton, St. Elizabeth spokeswoman.

Also, she said, elective procedures were canceled for the day, and the hospital asks that people who have non-emergency conditions not come to the hospital, but go to other Humility of Mary Health Partners facilities for treatment.

Creighton said the reason for the power outage and fire were unknown as of early afternoon. She said hospital maintenance personnel and Dickey Electric were working to repair the problem.

Ohio Edison is not involved because the hospital owns the substation and the line. The substation is in an employee parking area about a block from the hospital, she said.

When the power outage occurred, the hospital’s backup generators automatically kicked on. Creighton said two emergency generators have been ordered and are expected to arrive between 4 and 5 p.m. today. When they are in operation, the backup generators will revert to backup status, Creighton said.

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