Some Middle Georgia hospitals are beginning to feel the impact of Hurricane Florence.
Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon and Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin are receiving patients from HCA Healthcare sister facilities in advance of the storm, according to a joint news released issued through Coliseum Health System.
“We will do everything possible to support those in South Carolina and the mid-Atlantic to weather Hurricane Florence safely and with the health care they need,” Greg Caples, CEO of Coliseum Northside, said in the release.
The move comes on the heels of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s order for the medical evacuation of all hospitals in flood zones in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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In compliance with that order and for the safety of its patients, Grand Strand Health began transferring patients to sister HCA Healthcare hospitals, including Coliseum Northside and Fairview Park, the release said.
Coliseum Northside has started receiving patients and expects to accept 18 patients from South Carolina. Fairview Park Hospital has received three patients so far.
Additionally, hospitals in Augusta, Savannah and Waycross are receiving patients from coastal areas in the path of the storm, Georgia Health News reported. Those hospitals in Savannah and Waycross are also HCA Healthcare sister facilities.
The Medical Center, Navicient Health, a regional coordinating hospital, had not received any patients or begun coordinating transfers for other regional hospitals as of Wednesday, Megan Allen, public relations manager, said in an email.