At least one Grand Strand hospital is fighting Gov. McMaster’s evacuation order


Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday announced a medical evacuation order for hospitals in several coastal counties, including Horry and Georgetown counties.

The mandatory evacuations applies to hospitals and nursing homes in zones A and B in both Horry and Georgetown Counties.

But Tidelands Health doesn’t want to move its patients.

Tidelands Health announced in a press release that it has applied for waivers that would allow Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital to remain open throughout Hurricane Irma.

“While it is our hope to continue serving the community during the storm, the decision to grant our waiver requests rests with the state,” the hospital said in the release.

Tidelands Health hospitals are open at this time.

“Patients who are hospitalized have complex medical needs and a medical evacuation presents numerous challenges and risks,” Gayle Resetar, Tidelands Health chief operating officer, said in a release. “Our hospitals were built with severe weather in mind, and we have the resources we need on hand to safely care for our patients – everything from medication and food to back-up generator power.”

Patients who are medically cleared are being discharged in order to reduce the number of patients in hospitals. Physician officers, Tidelands NextStep location and other outpatient locations will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Tidelands Health could not be reached for comment.

Grand Strand Health as also applied to the state to stay open and continue care and provide shelter during Hurricane Irma, according to a release.

McLeod Health spokesperson Kelly Hughes said the McLeod Loris and McLeod Seacoast hospitals were not on DHEC’s list of hospitals required to evacuate.

“At this time we do not have plans to evacuate either of our facilities,” she said.

The hospital has stocked on supplies and can operate for seven days on generators, she said.

Christian Boschult: 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian