Published on January 07, 2019

Power Plant Testing at Medical Center to Begin

During the week of January 7, 2019, testing for MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena’s new power plant will begin. The testing will include pressurization of the boilers and interior steam piping with subsequent steam blow off. As a result, noise from steam exiting the exterior piping of the power plant can be expected.

The noise will mimic the sound of a muffled jet engine and will be intermittent throughout the day with steam bursts to occur every few minutes. Testing will occur during normal working hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The power plant is a key component to the expansion and renovation of the Medical Center’s patient tower project. The power plant includes a central boiler system, which will provide heat to the existing Medical Center as well as future expansion.

“We appreciate your understanding and support as we move through this large project and will do our best to communicate with you on portions of the project that may impact you and your family,” said Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena. “The completion of this is important to the Medical Center and community and will lead to enhanced quality of care, patient comfort and privacy.”