Tidelands Health hospitals open, outpatient care locations restart Monday
With state-issued evacuation orders lifted, Tidelands Health hospitals are open, and outpatient care locations will reopen Monday on a normal schedule.
In response to the threat posed by Hurricane Florence, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday, Sept. 10, issued a medical evacuation for the region, requiring the health system to suspend operations by 1 p.m. on Thursday in advance of Hurricane Florence. The health system received special approval from the state to continue emergency services through midday Friday, and emergency services resumed Saturday at 10 a.m.
With the medical evacuation and a subsequent general evacuation order now lifted, Tidelands Health hospitals are open and will be returning to largely normal operations Monday, although a small number of elective procedures are being rescheduled. Outpatient locations will reopen on Monday, as well.
Patients with appointments that were affected by the hurricane will be contacted to reschedule.
“It’s important that we resume full operations as soon as possible to care for our patients,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer for Tidelands Health. “Not only do we need to care for anyone who may be injured in the aftermath of the storm, it’s also important we’re available to provide the high-quality care our community members depend upon in their daily lives to stay healthy and well.”
Throughout the storm, Tidelands Health has been focused on supporting the community’s health needs, all the while taking the steps necessary to keep employee and physician partners and patients safe.
Complying with the state evacuation order, the health system early last week began to evacuate hospital patients to other care locations throughout the state. More than 40 of the health system’s nurses, demonstrating tremendous commitment, traveled with evacuated patients to help provide care.
Meanwhile, at Tidelands Health hospitals, the health system provided emergency care for as long as possible in support of local EMS providers and the community. Supported by Georgetown County Emergency Management, the health system received special state permission to extend emergency care beyond the 1 p.m. deadline set forth in the medical evacuation order, suspending service for less than 24 hours during tropical-storm-force winds.
“The dedication of our team members in such difficult times was tremendous,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “It’s an honor to work alongside such a committed group of people who consistently put the needs of the community and our patients above their own.”