Mississippi Power’s Energy Services team recently conducted infrared testing at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian and detected some troubling hot spots in cables on the hospital’s side of the meter.

So, in the middle of the night and in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a company crew made the needed repairs to ensure the facility didn’t have a bigger problem if the equipment failed during this health emergency.

Mississippi Power’s Shakobee Wooten, Shon Willis, Dillon Lewis and Alex Leathers hold their safety briefing before completing repairs at Anderson Hospital in Meridian.

“The hospital needed our expertise to identify and correct this issue,” said Engineering and Operations Manager Rob Robinson. “Even though the problem was with their equipment, we were happy to go in and solve the problem before something more serious happened, especially at a time when hospitals are under a lot of serious stress and strain.”

Robinson said extra steps were taken in the hospital setting to ensure the risk of the crew being exposed to the coronavirus or other illnesses was reduced.

“We scheduled the work at night on a weekend when there is reduced activity and people at the hospital,” Robinson said. “Usually the hospital maintenance staff is with us on repairs, but they stayed away and let us work alone. We had a place for our team to frequently wash their hands. They did a great job of completing the work safely.”

The crew included Engineering Analyst Shakobee Wooten, Lean Lineman Shon Willis and apprentices Dillon Lewis and Alex Leathers.

The hospital switched to generator power at 10 p.m. on Friday. After the crew’s job safety briefing and discussion of the work plan, proper grounding was secured and the repairs to the cable ends were made in the primary metering cabinet. The job was finished early Saturday morning.

“We had scheduled the outage for four hours and we were able to get it done in about three,” Wooten said. “These repairs really needed to be made before something failed and caused serious damage. They are in good shape today. It’s just another example how we work, day and night, to meet the needs of our customers and that we are willing to go that extra mile so they will have reliable service.”

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