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Emergency services resume at Tidelands Health hospitals

FILE - Doctors perform a surgery Sept. 7, 2016. (Pixabay via MGN)

UPDATE:

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Tidelands Georgetown Memorial and Tidelands Waccamaw Community hospitals resumed emergency services at 10 a.m. Saturday, as Tropical Storm Florence continued to dump rain on the region.

"Such a prompt resumption of care was only possible because of our Tidelands Health team members, some of whom sheltered in place at our hospitals," said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health, in a statement. "It’s a reflection of the willingness of our team members to put the needs of our community above themselves.

"With their support, we’ve resumed emergency care quickly, and we’re committed to restoring the remainder of our services as soon as we can."

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ORIGINAL STORY:

By KIRBY HOOD, WPDE

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) - Tidelands Health suspended services at Waccamaw Community Hospital Friday morning as Hurricane Florence made landfall.

Tideland Georgetown Memorial Hospital suspended services as of 4 p.m. Friday.

Special permission was given from the State Department of Health and Environmental Control to continue to operate and with first responders. Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital were both ordered to close at 1 p.m. Thursday, but permission was granted after requests were made.

President and CEO of Tidelands Health Bruce Bailey stated, "We continued emergency services as long as we could because people rely on their hospitals to provide care, especially during emergency situations" and "We will resume emergency services as soon as we can to support the community."

Since evacuation orders were made, preparations were made to evacuate approximately 100 patients to other hospitals across the state, as well as nurses to help provide care at the receiving hospitals.

Tidelands Health plans to resume emergency services at both hospitals as soon as it is safe to do so.

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