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Hospital patients from GA coast come west

(Source: Tift Reg.) (Source: Tift Reg.)
Florida traffic is passing through Tifton (Source: Russell Flanagan, Coffee Co. Scanner) Florida traffic is passing through Tifton (Source: Russell Flanagan, Coffee Co. Scanner)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

After a mandatory evacuation order, about 200 hospital patients from Georgia's coast are being brought out of the danger zone of Hurricane Matthew, and headed to facilities further inland

Tift Regional Hospital says that patients from Camden and Glynn Counties will be sheltered and treated at hospitals in Region L. The region covers Ben Hill, Berrien, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, and Turner Counties.

Tift Regional is the coordinating hospital for the region.

"Tift Regional Health System has trained and prepared for years to be able to handle this exact scenario," said Travis Arrington, Interim Director of Facility Engineering and Safety Management.  "We are always aware that one of the primary threats in our area is the effects of a hurricane along the Georgia Coast. We have held numerous exercises over the past six years, even though we hoped the scenarios would never occur. I am thankful that we have the communication network, resources and plans in place to be able to assist our neighbors."

Patients from the Savannah area will be going to Augusta, Macon, and Athens.

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