Tidelands Health hospitals open; patient evacuation underway
Both Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital remain open and are serving the community.
The emergency departments at both hospitals are open and will remain open until either Thursday at 1 p.m., when closure is mandated by the state, or when wind speeds or bridge closures require EMS to suspend patient transport – whichever comes first.
In compliance with the medical evacuation order issued Monday, patient evacuation at Tidelands Waccamaw, Tidelands Georgetown and Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital is underway, and patients are being transferred to other South Carolina hospitals outside the storm area. Some Tidelands Health clinical staff members are evacuating with patients to help ensure continuity of care.
A limited number of Tidelands Health team members, including clinicians, facilities management personnel and security officers, among others, will remain on site at both Tidelands Waccamaw and Tidelands Georgetown throughout the storm. This will allow the hospitals to provide care for any inpatients who were not able to be safely evacuated and will also facilitate rapid reopening of the hospitals after the storm. Again, the hospitals will not be open to the public after Thursday at 1 p.m. or during the storm.
Tidelands Health hopes to reopen its hospitals as early as this weekend, dependent on storm impact.