HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - It's not just homes and businesses that are preparing for Hurricane Florence.
Healthcare facilities across the state of South Carolina are already in evacuation mode.
Those vacationing, living, and working on Hilton Head Island are preparing for Tuesday's mandatory coastal evacuations. Hilton Head Hospital is the only hospital accepting emergency patients. All outpatient services are canceled.
We spoke with the hospital's CEO Monday before Governor McMaster issued the evacuation. He was, of course, monitoring the storm and making the necessary plans, but he was expecting the hospital to continue normal operations as long as possible.
Now, instead of taking in patients from coastal hospitals near the northern state line, Hilton Head Hospital is included in the mandatory evacuation. Even before the change, he said hospitals across the state were ready.
"One of the learnings the last couple of years is just how great the hospitals in the state work together, so already, a real testament to the work the Hospital Association and DHEC have done in that we are all working together well. We know what our patient censuses are across the state, and we can easily transfer or even receive patients if that's what the situation calls for," said Jeremy Clark, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare.
We reached out to the hospital to see if patients are being moved to other hospitals and if so, where, but we haven't heard back.