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Published on August 15, 2017

Tidelands Health taking steps to prepare for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Tidelands Health is taking steps to prepare for the expected influx of visitors in town to watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Thousands of people are forecast to visit the region because of its prime location to view the eclipse. The surge is expected to cause severe traffic congestion, create potential difficulties communicating by cell phone and lead to an increase in demand for medical care.

In coordination with local emergency management officials and first-response agencies, Tidelands Health has developed a multi-pronged plan to prepare for the event.

“With so many people visiting our region for the eclipse, patient volumes could increase substantially,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “Our goal is to continue providing the same high-quality care patients expect from Tidelands Health.”

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital will be fully staffed to provide patient care. Each hospital’s emergency department is preparing for an increase in patients due to the large number of tourists in the region for the eclipse. The emergency departments have increased their stocks of supplies, including snake anti-venom, and will be ready to handle potential cases of eye damage and heat exposure. 

Most Tidelands Health outpatient locations will close Monday afternoon to alleviate the need for patients to travel. Hours will be extended during the remainder of the week to accommodate rescheduled appointments.

The health system will also actively monitor its parking lots to ensure adequate space for patients and their visitors. Individuals will not be permitted to park in the lots to watch the eclipse.

“The goal of our eclipse planning is to prepare for a wide variety of possible scenarios,” said Patrick Devlin, director of safety, security and emergency preparedness for Tidelands Health. “We want to make sure we have the resources ready to support the community and our patients.”

Below is a list of Tidelands Health outpatient locations and operating hours for Aug. 21:

Tidelands NextStep Wound Healing Center at Murrells Inlet

Open until 11 a.m.

Tidelands NextStep Wound Healing Center at Georgetown

Open until noon

Tidelands NextStep Pain Management Services at Georgetown

Open until noon

Tidelands NextStep Pain Management Services at Murrells Inlet

Closed

Infusion Services

Open until noon

Tidelands NextStep Rehabilitation Services

All locations open until noon except for the locations in North Myrtle Beach (open until 1:30 p.m.) and Carolina Forest (regular operating hours) 

Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center – radiation therapy services

Closed

Tidelands Cancer Center at Murrells Inlet

Open until noon

MUSC Neurosciences at Tidelands Health

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Andrews Medical Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Coastal Carolina Breast Center at Georgetown

Open until noon

Tidelands Coastal Carolina Breast Center at Murrells Inlet

Open until noon

Tidelands Coastal Carolina Breast Center at Myrtle Beach

Open until noon

Tidelands Health Community Resource Center

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Georgetown Endoscopy Center

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Georgetown Orthopaedics

Open until noon

Tidelands Health Diabetes Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Health Imaging Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Health Orthopedics

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Heart and Vascular

Open until noon

Tidelands Hemingway Medical Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Island Family Care

Open until noon

Tidelands Med Plus

Open until noon

Tidelands Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw at Georgetown

Open until noon

Tidelands Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw at Murrells Inlet

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Care at Murrells Inlet

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Care at Myrtle Beach

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Endoscopy

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Waccamaw Family Medicine

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Gastroenterology at Georgetown

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Waccamaw Gastroenterology at Murrells Inlet

Regular operating hours

Tidelands Waccamaw Medical Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Medical Imaging Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Oncology at Georgetown

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Oncology at Murrells Inlet

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Oncology at Myrtle Beach

Open until noon

Tidelands Waccamaw Women's Imaging Center

Open until noon

Tidelands Winyah Women's Center

Regular operating hours

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.