EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A hospital on Long Island was forced to switch to emergency generator power Monday morning.

Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow said in a statement that a burned out switch caused a power outage at 11:15 a.m.

An emergency command center was activated at 11:55 a.m.

The statement said that electricians were working to repair the electrical feed to the hospital and that it was expected that power will be restored in a few hours.

The hospital said the situation has not affected patient safety or quality and that all needed electrical power support for inpatient and emergency services has continued uninterrupted.

As a precaution, they have canceled ambulatory services on the campus for this afternoon.

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