ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia hospitals in Region K are hosting patients who have been evacuated from hospitals in coastal Georgia, who are displaced by Hurricane Matthew.
Phoebe Putney memorial Hospital is the coordinating hospital for Region K, and as a result, will be hosting 25 medical/surgical patients, eight critical care and two orthopedic patients.
Region K includes Sumter, Randolph, Terrell, Lee, Calhoun, Dougherty, Worth, Early, Miller, Baker, Mitchell, Seminole, Decatur, Grady, Thomas, Brooks and Colquitt Counties.
"We have been in regular contact with Georgia Hospital Association and the Department of Public Health since Monday preparing for impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew," said Gary Rice, Phoebe's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. "As the largest health system in Southwest Georgia, we regularly train and prepare for incidents such as this."