13 Sep MedTrust has Concluded the Evacuation of Patients in Response to Hurricane Florence
MedTrust has concluded the evacuation of patients from its local hospital and other healthcare facility partners in response to Hurricane Florence.
Starting on Monday, September 10, MedTrust and its mutual aid ground ambulance partners have transported 1,100 patients, from ambulatory to critical care, in response toGovernor Henry McMaster’s mandatory evacuation order.
MedTrust deployed more than 100 ground vehicles, including ambulances, wheelchair vans and buses. In addition to our own fleet, we secured resources from five other states, including New Jersey, Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia and Texas, and other regions of South Carolina. Thanks to our partners:
· On-Time (NJ)
· Knoxville EMS (TN)
· Johnson City EMS (TN)
· Heartland (IN)
· SouthStar Ambulance (GA)
· United (GA)
· Signature (GA)
· Lone Star (TX)
· American TransMed (SC)
· Shoreline Medical Transport (SC)
· Thorne Ambulance (SC)
· Medic of SC (SC)
· Heartline (SC)
· Freedom First (SC)
· Capital City (SC)
· First Priority (SC)
· AMS (SC)
· Greenville Health System, Greenville and Oconee Division (SC)
We also received support from municipal and country services, in particular by providing AmBuses:
· Lexington County EMS
· Columbia Fire Department
· Spartanburg EMS
· Richland EMS
We added 15 aircraft to support our efforts, coordinated through Air Methods and AMGH.
Thanks to Tri-County Transport of Charleston for providing buses for facility ambulatory evacuation.
MedTrust’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been in operation since Sunday, September 9. From there, it has coordinated evacuations and medical transports, communicating with its local hospital and other healthcare facility partners, to determine how many patients needed assistance, in what fashion, and how best to transport them in a timely manner in compliance with the evacuation order.
Having completed its contractual obligations to our facilities, MedTrust is now making its resources available to the state of South Carolina to assist with evacuation of other facilities at the state’s request. We are still conducting regular service.