In full compliance
Rubin told Morgan that he didn't come on Morgan's show "to talk about generators." But he added that the systems "are tested all the time and in full compliance with all federal and state regulations...Our generators were working. This was an unprecedented storm."
"But they weren't working, were they?" Morgan shot back.
"They failed," Rubin said.
"If they failed, they're not working, are they?" Morgan retorted.
Something tells me that the dominant explanation so far, speculation that the hospital's infrastructure is "outdated" won't cut it with the Joint Commission or the City of New York, especially now.
Emergency power generator requirements
A spokeswoman for the Joint Commission said Wednesday that accredited hospitals have to identify potential emergencies and have management plans "that address command structures, backup communication systems, building evacuations, and coordination with other community health care organizations and emergency responders."
Specifically included "are requirements for utility systems to be designed and installed in such a manner as to ensure they are reliable during an emergency. Inspecting, testing, and maintaining critical components such as the emergency power generator is also required."