Tidelands Health hospitals expect to remain open during Hurricane Dorian
Tidelands Health hospitals are not included in the mandatory medical evacuation order announced Sunday by Gov. Henry McMaster and will not be required to evacuate under the current evacuation order. The hospitals, which are all located outside Zone A, plan to remain open and serving the community throughout Hurricane Dorian.
Tidelands Health operates Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital locations in Murrells Inlet and Little River.
None of the hospitals are located in the area included in the medical evacuation order announced Sunday, but the health system will take steps to reduce the number of patients at each location — discharging patients who are medically cleared to return home and postponing elective procedures, among other steps.
The health system is evaluating plans for its outpatient locations. Any patient whose hospital procedure or outpatient appointment is postponed by Dorian will be proactively contacted by the health system to reschedule. There is no need for patients to call and check on their appointment status. Operational hours at many locations will be extended following the storm to accommodate rescheduled appointments. Tidelands Health encourages all patients who live in Zone A to heed the governor’s evacuation order.
The health system has been aggressively planning for the possibility that Dorian could impact the region. Tidelands Health leaders have been coordinating with local and state emergency management officials and have ordered additional supplies to support hospital operations, among other steps.
Area residents are encouraged to follow the Tidelands Health Facebook page and the health system’s website, tidelandshealth.org, for status updates.