Area hospitals begin transferring patients before Florence arrives

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    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Grand Strand Medical Center has begun transferring patients to HCA Healthcare sister hospitals in South Carolina.

    According to information from the hospital, doctors say patients who are the most ill will be transferred first so physicians can ensure they have the critical services they need.

    Doctors assure patients who are moved will be provided extraordinary care.

    The emergency departments at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital will both remain open to the public until their state-mandated closure at 1 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release.

    In compliance with the medical evacuation order given by the state on Monday, both hospitals, along with Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, have begun to transfer patients to other South Carolina hospitals outside of the storm area.

    A limited number of staff members will remain at the Waccamaw and Georgetown hospitals throughout the storm to provide care for any patients who were not able to be evacuated.

    Tideland Health hopes to reopen its hospitals as early as this weekend, depending on the impact from the storm.

    For a full list of closings and cancellations as a result of Florence, click here.

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