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Hurricane Florence forces temporary ASC closures

A cluster of surgery centers and outpatient centers are shutting down operations as Hurricane Florence closes in.

Here's a rundown of centers halting services in anticipation of the storm:

This list will be updated with closures and cancellations.

North Charleston, S.C.-based Charleston Surgery Center, an affiliate of Deerfield, Ill.-based Surgical Care Affiliates, closed Sept. 10 due to the area's mandatory medical evacuation. A statement on the ASC's website said the facility will remain closed until the order is lifted.

Charleston, S.C.-based Physicians' Eye Surgery Center is closed, according to an announcement on its website.

Grand Dunes Surgery Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was closed Sept. 8, Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, with tentative plans to reopen Sept. 13 at 6 a.m. The center will be posting updates online.

Summerville, S.C.-based Lowcountry Outpatient Surgery Center closed Sept. 9 until further notice and will provide updates on its Facebook page.

The Charleston-based Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and its outpatient clinics in Myrtle Beach, North Charleston, Beaufort, S.C., and Goose Creek, S.C., closed noon Sept. 11 and will remain closed for the rest of the week, WMBF News reports.

Conway (S.C.) Medical Center closed all outpatient locations, and they will reopen Sept. 17 if conditions permit. CMC cancelled all non-emergency surgeries and endoscopic procedures for the week.

Myrtle Beach-based Grand Strand Health discontinued elective surgeries and closed its outpatient facilities and physician practice locations Sept. 11. Grand Strand Surgical Care, Grand Strand Spine & Neuro Care and Grand Strand Orthopedic Care, all in Myrtle Beach, are closed.

The Lumberton, N.C.-based Surgery Center at Southeastern Health Park is scheduled to close Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.

The Surgery Center at Southeastern Health Park will be closed Sept. 13 through Sept. 15, according to The Robesonian.

Elective surgical procedures at Beaufort Memorial Surgery Center resumed Sept. 12, after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory medical evacuation for three counties. They were previously cancelled through Sept. 14, The Island Packet reports.

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare also canceled outpatient services when the mandatory evacuation was announced, but normal operations resumed Sept. 12.

Coastal South Carolina closed its offices, which are Pain Specialists of Charleston, Neurology Specialists of Charleston and Charleston-based Clinical Trials of South Carolina, through Sept. 14. The practice cancelled all remaining appointments for the week and plans to reopen its offices Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. 

Patients in evacuation areas may not have access to their home phones. One Medical Passport is giving current clients free use of its patient engagement solution, Passport Engage, to text or email closure notices to patients.

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