Hurricane Maria completely destroyed Puerto Rico’s fragile power grid, leaving all 3.6 million residents without electricity. At the largest private hospital in San Juan, Auxilio Mutuo, when the power went down, the standby power switched on. The hospital’s standby Cat® generator sets ran continuously, for 13 straight days.
“When warnings were issued that Hurricane Maria was going to hit us, we knew that all of our generators were going to be pressed into service to ensure the continued operation of the hospital.” said hospital utility director Wilson Colon. Immediately after the hurricane, they called their Cat dealer for help.
Knowing who to call
Rimco Cat sent two technicians to assist with both the operation and maintenance of the generator sets for the duration of the crisis. “We always had two technicians here helping us to maintain these generator sets and keep them running. They changed filters and performed other maintenance while the engines were still running,” said Colon. “We don’t want any other power generation equipment except Cat gensets in our hospital.”
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