Siskiyou Community Health Center Installs New Generator at Grants Pass Facility

The new generator will ensure continuous operation in the event of a power outage.

Grants Pass, OR – Siskiyou Community Health Center (SCHC) is pleased to announce the installation of a new generator at their Grants Pass facility. The generator was installed Wednesday, June 20th, 2018. In the event of a power outage the generator, which runs on natural gas, will provide enough continuous power to operate the entire building with the exception of Radiology.

Many factors contribute to power outages but SCHC wants to be able to remain open for its patients when outages occur. “We feel it’s important to the community to be able to remain operational during power outages. Although they may not happen often, we feel it’s important to be able to serve our patients when they do,” says Richard Booth, CEO of Siskiyou Community Health Center.

The new 350,000-watt natural gas generator provides a clean-burning fuel source that doesn’t require refueling. In the event the natural gas line becomes unavailable, propane will be used as a backup fuel source for the generator with at least 72 hours of backup fuel on hand. Natural gas generators run quieter than their diesel counterparts. They come in an insulated sound enclosure that limits the decibel level.

Siskiyou Community Health Center purchased the generator from Pacific Power Group. The total cost of the project was approximately $250,000. Contractors used in the project were Stephen Stark Excavation, Hy Tech Electric, Spartan Plumbing and Cook Crane Corporation.

Siskiyou Community Health Center continues to provide an affordable solution for quality healthcare. Their two community health centers in Grants Pass and Cave Junction provide medical clinics, walk-in clinics, a moderate complexity lab, radiology, two-in-house pharmacies, dental clinics and a mobile dental clinic. In the Illinois Valley, they have three school-based health centers. As a not-for-profit federally qualified health center, SCHC is able to offer a sliding fee scale for patients with no insurance. For those with insurance, SCHC accepts most insurance plans including the Oregon Health Plan and Medicare.