Updated Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.
Holy Cross has stated in an update that the backup generator has been fixed and is now fully operational.
Holy Cross Medical Center is drawing up contingency plans should an unexpected power outage occur after it discovered that its backup diesel generator was not functioning properly this week.
The discovery was made during regular infrastructure inspections, according to a statement released by Holy Cross Wednesday (Sep. 8).
The generator does not appear to be damaged, but rather, the diesel fuel used to run it appears to have been contaminated. The backup generator is only used to provide power during an unexpected power outage, and would run critical health care equipment.
The hospital is working on a plan to ensure patient safety should an unexpected power outage occur, and is coordinating with other local hospitals for additional support, if needed.
Alternative generators are being brought in as a contingency measure. The hospital is also in close communication with the Town of Taos, Taos County and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative as it seeks a solution.
Holy Cross Hospital remains open with no restrictions on services or access.