Charleston, SC–As Hurricane Dorian continues to gain strength in the Atlantic Trident, Summerville and Colleton Medical Centers are prepared and ready to care for Lowcountry patients. Staff, physicians and leaders are working through their Emergency Preparedness Plan to ensure safety for their patients and team.
“With help from our HCA Healthcare colleagues, we are prepared to provide care throughout any impact that the Lowcountry may see this week from Hurricane Dorian,” said Trident Health President and CEO Todd Gallati. “We’ve brought in extra medical supplies, fuel, water, food, linens and equipment to ensure we can meet the care needs of our community and keep our employees and physicians safe.”
Summerville Medical Center CEO Lisa Valentine said, “As part of the hospital’s regular emergency protocols, we are:
- Communicating with local and state emergency planning organizations and, via our HCA Healthcare Emergency Operations Team in Nashville, TN, with federal resources as well, to ensure that resources are available and in place well in advance of the storm.
- Receiving multiple weather briefings a day so that we can quickly adjust to changing storm dynamics.
- Coordinating with other hospital providers across the community, state and region to support their needs.”
In Walterboro, Jimmy Hiott, Chief Executive Officer for Colleton Medical Center said, “We have a lot of experience preparing for hurricanes. We’ve seen many in the Lowcountry. Our primary responsibility is for the care and safety of our patients and staff. All of the work we’ve done and will continue to do during the hurricane is focused on them. We, and our sister hospitals Trident and Summerville Medical Centers are prepared.”
Each hospital will provide regular updates and safety tips throughout the weather event via their Facebook pages: