Electrical power at Marshall Medical Center North in Scant City just got a whole lot more reliable, according to Arab Electric Cooperative board president Charles Whisenant.

And it was Whisenant’s idea to change the way a couple of key switches operate at the hospital, with support from AEC general manager Stacey White and the other board members.

The hospital, where electricity is truly critical, can be fed from two different Arab Electric substations, one on Georgia Mountain and one on Union Grove Road.

But in the past, if one of those substations went out, someone had to go to the hospital and physically throw the switch to change it over to the other substations.

Now Arab Electric has installed automatic switches, so if one substation goes down, it automatically switches to the other. There’s only a 5-second delay in going from one substation to the other, Whisenant said.

“In essence, the hospital should not be without power now and this could potentially save lives,” he said.

(Note: Tribune editor Charles Whisenant is a member of the AEC board.)

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