Remote #PuertoRico community hospital gets 500th generator installed by #USACE:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - In the mountains located in the western interior of Puerto Rico is a small general hospital that not only cares for its community's health but is the economic center of the remote town of Castañer. With the closest medical centers more than an hour away, the Castañer General Hospital is the lifeline to more than 6,000 residents in the mountainous region. Additionally the hospital is the town's main source of employment and water. After Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico September 5, the hospital lost one of two back-up generators. They quickly rushed to install and connect their second generator prior to Hurricane Maria's landfall, and that generator has been powering the hospital ever since. Industry recommends complete maintenance every 240 hours and the generator at the hospital was extremely overdue and showed signs of weakening. With little time to...