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Mercy Hospital Jefferson

Mercy Hospital Jefferson addressed both safety and operational issues with an arc flash analysis, training, and maintenance program from Aschinger.

Rick Moravec, director of facilities at Mercy Hospital Jefferson had served in that role when the hospital still was called Jefferson Regional Medical Center, prior to its merger with the Mercy system in 2012.

Moravec was concerned about the hospital’s compliance with National Fire Protection standard 70, related to arc flash safety, and with NFPA 70E, related to use of personal protective gear (PPE) when working around electrical hazards.

This was particularly important to him given the mission-critical nature of a hospital’s equipment. “We brought Aschinger in because we had not had (an arc flash) survey done in the six years I had been there,” Moravec said.

“They came in and surveyed the facility. We had them do training for our guys as to what arc flash hazards are. They helped us realize what our exposures were.”

Moravec said that Ashinger personnel trained his facilities team on appropriate boundaries around energized equipment, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the hazards associated with particular pieces of equipment. Aschinger also worked with Moravec to identify PPE needs for his workers and to source the equipment.

There were added benefits beyond code compliance and safety: “The thing that I like was that we got a complete set of electrical diagrams,” he said. Jefferson Regional Medical Center opened its doors in 1957. Like many regional/rural centers it added on through the years.

“Our diagrams were a hodgepodge of pieces,” Moravec said. “Aschinger looked at our building and gave us a complete set of one line diagrams. Before, when we had an issue we could grab the pieces but we even weren’t sure if they weren’t right. Another good thing was their analysis and maintenance recommendations.”