Beaufort Memorial Heeds Medical Evacuation Orders, Announces Service Closures

BEAUFORT, SC – Following Governor Henry McMaster’s mandatory medical evacuation order Thursday afternoon, Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) officials and staff have begun discharging patients or transferring them to receiving facilities. Patients’ family members are being notified by staff members, and officials expect patient transfers to be complete by Friday night. 

In addition, the following service closures will begin today:      

  • BMH will no longer admit patients to the hospital; however, the Emergency Room will remain open and emergency OB services will be available. 
  • All elective surgical cases at the hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center have been cancelled through next Tuesday, September 12, or until further notice. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy and infusion services are suspended beginning today at 10 a.m. through next Tuesday, September 12, or until further notice. 
  • All elective outpatient services have been suspended through next Tuesday, September 12, or until further notice. 
  • Beaufort Memorial physician practices will close at noon today through next Tuesday, September 12, or until further notice. 

Officials and staff are evacuating approximately 35 to 40 inpatients, and are treating and releasing Emergency Room patients as appropriate. Patients’ family members and/or emergency contacts will be notified when transfer arrangements are made with receiving facilities in the South Carolina midlands and upstate.    

Updates will be made available on the hospital’s website at www.bmhsc.org.

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