As we gear up for Hurricane Michael, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the extraordinary work done across our Division during Hurricane Florence. Many of our team members in Myrtle Beach are still dealing with flooding and have new concerns with rains predicted from Hurricane Michael. We have and we will continue to support our team through recovery.
Today, I wanted to celebrate the extraordinary effort that this division gave to support the evacuation of Grand Strand Medical Center during Hurricane Florence. Our team in Myrtle Beach and our support teams at Division and Corporate took on something that few will ever experience in their healthcare careers – the evacuation of a Level I trauma center. And all of our facilities across the Division responded in support of their local patients, evacuated patients and our teams. I continue to be amazed and grateful when I see these moments where you live our mission so beautifully and collaboratively. I hope you enjoy these memories of an extraordinary time as the tribute it is to you.
This newest storm – Michael – is predicted to come on land in the Florida panhandle as a Category 3 hurricane tomorrow. While our facilities will not receive the most intense impact, the storm track currently brings Michael directly over the South Atlantic Division as a tropical storm for Macon, Dublin, Augusta, Walterboro, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Rain bands will likely extend out even to Jacksonville, Waycross and Savannah. As you prepare your facilities and your teams, please be safe and cautious.
Thank you for all that you do every day, but particularly at times like these where we band together to fight even the most difficult of situations.
Above all else…
Hugh C. Tappan
President, South Atlantic Division