DFW Hospital Council Wants Answers About Blackouts

NORTH TEXAS (KRLD) – With more winter weather and freezing temperatures in the forecast this week, the organization representing 75 hospitals in North Texas wants some answers about last weeks rolling blackouts.

Steve Love is the president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and in an interview with KRLD NewsRadio 1080 said the council wants answers to some serious questions.

‘Let’s make this a positive by scheduling a meeting with Oncor and ERCOT, and say ‘what went wrong? What can we do to correct this? Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen in the future,’” Love said. ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, supervises the state’s electric grid.

Love said he couldn’t believe health facilities across the state were affected, since hospitals have understood for years, that they’re exempt. “To my knowledge, the rolling blackouts have never included hospitals being terminated, as far as power.”

When asked if hospitals were notified they’d be included in the blackouts Love said, “To my knowledge, in talking to our hospitals, no. They did not know that the rolling blackouts would even impact them and did not have any warning.”

It wasn’t as if local hospitals had no power, there are backups in place, but Love says the act of working in the ‘backup plan’ changes everything. “Anytime you have the power go out, even when your emergency generators come into play, it puts you in a different operational mode,” he explained.

While backup power kept local hospitals functioning, the lack of electricity did cause some surgeries to be cancelled.

Love says the council wants to sit down with Oncor and state regulators to make sure it never happens again.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council is made up of CEO’s from more than 70 North Texas hospitals.


One Comment

  1. Deborah says:

    I still find it in poor judgement that hospitals and private homes were included in the rolling black outs while the NFL festivities were in full swing with full electrical power. I also find it hard to believe it was a national security thing. Notify the events they will be in a black out. Evacuate the events in enough time for safety sake. Those events were not as important as patient health and keeping out children warm at home.
    Since Onco manages all the electricity in our areas service and customer care has gone to hell in a hand basket. When you call ONCOR for anything you are given such a run around and treated rudely by their call center people who by the way are in India. Such high prices are charged for the service you would think we could be treated rudely by American’s instead.

  2. Eb says:

    I wonder if the DFW Hospital Council would be willing to answer a few questions themselves regarding patient care in their facilities?

  3. TXQ says:

    Rolling blackouts? We were without power for 12 hours. We had electricity the rolling blackout at 7:30 and then at 9:30 we lost power all day. The worst part, when we called to find out some info we couldn’t get any…so our neighbors with small children didn’t know what to do, or how to plan. Ever try to explain to a 4 year old something you don’t understand yourself?

  4. Emily says:

    Really?? Get over it!! Stop all your whining and complaining. I don’t care much for the electric company’s either but they have no control over the weather.

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