Sunday, October 5, 2014

Power trip

Let's see, where were we before Theme Day and holy days?
Oh right, we were touring the kishkes, the innards, of Shaare Zedek Medical Center  as part of  Jerusalem Houses from Within weekend.

Our guide, the director of engineering and logistics, led us down to the big hospital's electrical plant.

There was a whole row of these powerful-looking ... uh ... machines. (?)
UPDATE:  VP says they are generators.     Thanks, VP!

Everywhere is written DANGER.

Always ready for any emergency, the hospital makes a practice run once a week by switching over to generators for a short time.
The generators run on diesel fuel, not electricity.

Israel Electric Corporation made a line solely for Shaare Zedek.
The hospital plant's electricity comes in at a much higher voltage than regular customers receive.

In these "cages" are the transformers that convert the electricity to normal 220 volts.
Our guide warned us not to touch anything!
This plus the chart on the door showing how to resuscitate a person (presumably after   electrocution)  must have made my camera hands a bit shaky.
UPDATE: On their Facebook page, Shaare Zedek Medical Center Jerusalem just posted a sweet baby picture and said "Mazel tov to the families of the over 80 babies born at Shaare Zedek Medical Center during Yom Kippur."
Indeed, with 21,000 births per year Shaare Zedek's maternity facility is the most active in the Western world!


Spiderdama said...

Must have been interesting to see all this so closely.
But I think all of this looks a bit scary..

William Kendall said...

Quite an industrial feel to this. Generally you never get a look at this side of a building, so looking in like this is quite educational.

Nadege said...

It is good to know that the hospital is ready for electrical blackouts. Actually, Israel is ready for anything which is a wonderful thing but also very sad.

Petrea Burchard said...

Great title, Dina!

VP said...

The machine looks like a huge generator, probably one of many, quite useful in that contest.

Dina said...

Thanks VP. I updated the text with "generator."

Birdman said...

Good information... I like the yellow too.