Hurricane Matthew Causes Hospital to Evacuate Patients and Close ER

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Hospital Administrators announced today, Oct. 6, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. that Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) will start evacuating their patients to safer areas. Officials stated that the evacuation of hospital patients would take place right away. Also, the doors of the emergency room will be closing. No patients will be permitted to enter the ER. These announcements were given after the approval was made by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The decision to evacuate the hospital and close the ER was based on the possibility the hospital could lose power, as a result of forecasted storm floods from Hurricane Matthew.

According to WTOC Hurricane Center, 62 patients are being prepared to move out of harm’s way. BMH administrators and personnel are arranging to leave the hospital, and patients still in the emergency room will be treated right away and then discharged, as applicable. Family members of current patients and those in the emergency room will be directly alerted as soon as the transfer arrangements take place. Provisions are being put in place for patients from the hospital to receive continued care in Georgia and South Carolina.

Members of the hospital staff have stated that they will not be evacuating until all patients are safe. Once they are alerted of patients safety, then BMH administrators and personnel will move to nearby area shelters and stay there until further notice.

Updates are available on the Beaufort Memorial Hospital website concerning the evacuation procedure and patients. Guardian Liberty Voice will post updates to Hurricane Matthew as they become available.

Written by Jomo Merritt
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources:

WTOC Hurricane Center: Beaufort Memorial Hospital evacuating patients, closing ER
The Island Packet: Hurricane preparations: Fill prescriptions, lower sails … buy a pool float?

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