Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick and Camden campus hospitals and Emergency Care Centers remained opened and operational throughout Hurricane Irma and in its aftermath.
On Wednesday, the immediate care centers were still closed. Those services will reopen as soon as possible, said Jacqueline Weder, vice president of marketing for the health system, in an email.
Elective surgeries, endoscopy procedures and cardiac catheterization services scheduled for Wednesday would be rescheduled, possibly for Thursday.
Outpatient laboratory and radiology were being offered on a limited basis Wednesday and full services were expected to begin today.
The Cancer Care Center began provided services to scheduled patients on Wednesday.
Ahead of the storm, the Senior Care Centers in Brunswick and St. Marys arranged to transfer residents to facilities away from the coast. Those relocated residents will return when authorized by local emergency management officials, Weder said. Re-entry to Glynn County was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Thursday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, all health system facilities in Brunswick and Camden County had been assessed for damage.
“Our facilities have sustained limited water intrusion and minor leaks,” Weder said. “The cleanup process for any water damage has already begun and only minor issues remain. Some outlying buildings and practices continue to be without power and will be restored to full operations as quickly as possible.”
Weder said health system employees were closely monitoring outlying facilities without power and planned to make services available once it is safe for staff and patients.
The health system was fortunate that it didn’t face any disruptions in utility services, Weder said, enabling the hospital to meet the needs of the community and to support Emergency Management Services.
“The Health System sits ready to continue to be there for the community during the recovery and cautions all to exercise care as they work to rebuild their lives and neighborhoods," she said.