ASHE, Powered for Patients begin dialogue on emergency backup power




Contact: Eliana Munro


March 14, 2016

CHICAGO—The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and Powered for Patients are working together on a new project that highlights the importance of providing appropriate backup power in hospitals.

ASHE has long been focused on this critical issue, and has been working with Powered for Patients since that organization was created in 2014 to address the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.

The two groups created the Health Care Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power to:

  • Create a dialogue around the role of hospitals and other health care facilities in maintaining power.
  • Address questions of how cogeneration and microgrid technologies fit into strategies for maintaining power, and how we can implement a best practices approach.
  • Explore how health facilities can allocate limited resources for needed investments in non-revenue generating backup power systems and investments in revenue generating equipment.
  • Provide resources to help spur further action around power maintenance best practices.

Several sessions at the 2016 International Summit & Exhibition for Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit), being held in San Diego March 20-23, will explore these issues. A white paper on backup power is planned for later in 2016. The initiative is sponsored by Eaton and Blue Pillar.

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