Upstate hospitals prepare to receive evacuees


Local hospitals are preparing to take in patients evacuating from the coast.

A rep from Bon Secours St. Francis told 7 News they are part of a state-wide effort to make sure patients in Hurricane Florence’s path continue to receive the care they need. 

“Every 12 hours there’s a phone call [among] the various facilities across the state,” said Tom Cummins, who is senior vice president and regional chief medical officer at Bon Secours St. Francis.”In addition, there is a board where we update what our bed capacity is so that at a more coordinated statewide level, they can say, ‘Okay, Bon Secours St. Francis can take X number today…GHS may be able to take this many,’ and then they coordinate the transfer rather than hospitals calling each other, saying, ‘Hey can you take some people for us?'”

AnMed Health, Greenville Health System and Bon Secours St. Francis confirm that they have plans to take in patients. Tuesday afternoon, a rep with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System said they don’t have any concrete plans to receive evacuees, but they are ready to take them in if the need arises.  

AnMed announced it is receiving 11 patients from Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach Tuesday night. 

GHS announced Tuesday afternoon that they are expecting about 40 patients from the coast. They are coming from nursing homes, as well as acute-care facilities.

“We are working across the system to increase capacity to accommodate as many requests for transfer as possible,” said Eric Ossmann, GHS’  chief of preparedness and emergency management, said in a press release. 
At Bon Secours St. Francis Wellness Center, they are planning on taking in up to 100 people over the next few days. 

“We don’t anticipate any issue taking care of patients that are here now, that are coming here from other places, or that might come in over the weekend as the storm rolls through,” Cummins said.

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