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South GA hospitals take in evacuated patients

Helicopters transferred patients to Phoebe Thursday night.  (Source: WALB) Helicopters transferred patients to Phoebe Thursday night. (Source: WALB)
Eight patients will be brought to the ICU. (Source: WALB) Eight patients will be brought to the ICU. (Source: WALB)
Gary Rice (Source: WALB) Gary Rice (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Helicopters are flying patients into Phoebe Putney Hospital from Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick.

They're expecting at least eight patients by helicopter.

There will be 35 patients total.

It all comes after the governor made a mandatory evacuation that 183 patients needed to be moved further inland. 

Phoebe has offered to accommodate 25 medical/surgical patients, 8 critical care and 2 orthopedic patients.

"You don't want to put a critical care transport, someone that may be on a ventilator, someone who has multiple drips going, you don't want  to put them on the road for four hours," said emergency care coordinator Gary Rice. "It's critical to get that patient into definitive care as quickly as you can."

Many other south Georgia hospitals are stepping in and taking patients from areas in the path of Matthew.

Over 200 patients from Camden and Glynn Counties are being relocated to Tift Regional in Tifton and Cook Medical Center in Adel.

South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta opened its Command Center this morning, preparing to aid evacuees.

Archbold hospitals located in South Georgia, Brooks County Hospital in Quitman, Grady General Hospital in Cairo and John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, will initially be receiving 15 patients collectively, all of which are evacuating from Glynn County in Georgia.

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