Updated Monday, 8/17 @ 6 pm:
Facility & Service Closures
North Strand Medical Center & the Grand Strand Health physician practices reopened to patients at 7 am on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
South Strand Medical Center, Carolina Forest Imaging Center and The Breast Center reopened to patients at 7 am on Monday, September 17, 2018.
Grand Strand Medical Center reopened to patients at 7 am on Sunday, September 16, 2018.
The following services are currently open at Grand Strand Medical Center – Main Campus:
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- 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)
The Following Facilities & Services Remain Closed At This Time:
- North Strand ER
- Our Physician Practice Offices
While Hurricane Florence has moved inland, flooding of the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers is expected to continue and impact low lying roads and areas through the coming weekend. Please travel safely. Do not drive through standing water. For the latest information on road closures, visit SCDOT.org’s mapping for the latest information at http://22.214.171.124/ris/RoadConditionsForm.aspx.
For the latest information on closures, shelters and other assistance, visit https://www.scemd.org/.
Reconnecting with Patients Who Were Evacuated to Other Hospitals or Facilities
Family members who are trying to confirm where their loved ones have been evacuated to can call our Reunification Phone Line at 844-582-2350. This line is staffed 24/7.
Regarding the Evacuation
On Monday, September 10, South Carolina Governor McMaster called for a mandatory evacuation for Horry and Georgetown counties beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 11 and to include lane reversals on 501 to force all traffic inland.
Governor McMasters also required the mandatory evacuation of all coastal medical facilities, including Grand Strand Medical Center. At 11:45 pm on Wednesday, September 12, our clinical team evacuated the last of our 317 patients from the facility to 32 hospitals inland in South Carolina and across the Southeast. At that time, we completed the required closure of our hospital and all of our outpatient centers, including the ERs at Grand Strand Medical Center, North Strand ER and South Strand Medical Center.
In order to reopen Grand Strand’s Level 1 Trauma Center and critical care services, key physicians and staff were recalled Saturday and made their way back to the community. In addition, systems were brought back online and tested. All of this is designed to ensure that we can safely provide care upon reopening.
Grand Strand Medical Center offers one of the most comprehensive hurricane preparedness plans to ensure our patients and our staff who care for them are safe before, during and after a storm. We have contracts with vendors from around the state and nation to provide support from on-site security to generators and food for our patients and staff. Transfer processes and plans with our network of hospitals across the country also exist should patients need to be relocated.
As an acute care hospital, our resources are committed to providing for our patients and staff who will remain here to care for them during the duration of the storm. Please note we are not a shelter and are not equipped to serve as a shelter during a storm.
If You Are Expecting
Any pregnant woman who is two weeks from her due date (36 weeks gestation) or is considered high-risk may be asked to stay at the hospital in the event of a hurricane. If your physician determines that it is necessary for you to be in the hospital, arrive no later than four hours before landfall.
If You Receive Home Health Care and Are Homebound
If you are a homebound patient or dependent on any medical device that requires electricity, please contact your physician to ask for his or her recommendation.
If you are receiving home health services, please make sure your home health provider has developed a special hurricane plan for you.
If you require oxygen, check with your supplier about emergency plans.
Should you evacuate, please remember to take with you:
- Written Care Instructions
- Special Equipment
If You Have Special Needs
If you are dependent on life support systems or on any medical device which requires electricity, you will need to make plans to relocate early for a hurricane. Power may be off for some time before, during and after a storm.