Savannah hospital taking patients from areas in path of Hurricane Florence

Savannah hospital taking patients from areas in path of Hurricane Florence

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - As evacuation orders lift for several Lowcountry counties, hospitals and outpatient facilities are getting back to business as usual as early as Wednesday morning.

Some health systems in Savannah are still receiving patients from South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence. Most of the patients taken in at Memorial University Medical Center come from other facilities about an hour away.

Out of about 14 patients taken in, six have come from one of Memorial's sister hospitals in Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand.

Dr. Jay Goldstein, Medical Director of Memorial Health's Emergency Department says being a part of the HCA network makes it easier to transfer patients and maintain records and patient confidentiality. Memorial has taken in a variety of patients, from pediatric intensive care to stroke and heart attack cases.

Even though things are already pretty busy in Memorial's emergency department, their director says they try to step up when needed.

"The beginning of school season and flu season and things like that are about to kick in, but in a time of need, when somebody needs us from an outside facility, we're going to make sure and step up with whatever we can to take care of them," Dr. Goldstein said.

The director says as facilities re-open and are able to take in patients in the Lowcountry, there may be less of a need for them to come to Savannah, but he adds if there is some type of shift in the storm track, they'll open their doors to anyone evacuating with medical needs.

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