September 15, 2018
Grand Strand Medical Center will reopen to patients at 8 am on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Following the medical evacuation of Grand Strand Health ordered by Governor McMaster and DHEC, the hospital team along with its EMS and transport partners evacuated 317 patients within 48 hours from the hospital home or to 32 hospitals or healthcare facilities across South Carolina and the Southeastern states.
“We are grateful for our extraordinary team and for the partnership of the hundreds of EMS, medical transport and healthcare providers who stepped in to care for our patients when we were required to close by the Governor and DHEC for Hurricane Florence,” said CEO Mark Sims. “This is the healthcare community that we are proud to be a part of - one that ensures the best possible care for our patients even during the most difficult circumstances.”
In order to reopen Grand Strand’s Level 1 Trauma Center and critical care services, key physicians and staff were recalled Saturday and are making their way back to the community. In addition, systems are being brought back online and tested. All of this is designed to ensure that we can safely provide care upon reopening.
Grand Strand Health will reopen to patients the following services at 8 am on Sunday, September 16:
The following services will reopen at Grand Strand Medical Center – Main Campus:
- ER & Level I Trauma Center
- Heart Services, including Heart Surgery, Heart Catheterizations & Cardiovascular Intensive Care
- Stroke Care
- Intensive Care & Pediatric Intensive Care
- Behavioral Health Care (this is usually offered at South Strand Medical Center but will be temporarily open at the main campus)
Grand Strand Health’s two freestanding ERs at North Strand ER and South Strand Medical Center will not open at this time. Outpatient services at Carolina Forest Imaging Center and the Breast Center, and our physician practices also will not open at this time.
Family members who are seeking information on where their loved was evacuated to can call our Family Reunification phone line at (844) 582-2350. This line is staffed 24/7.
We will continue to provide regular updates via our Facebook page and the media.