BURGAW – The largest healthcare system in the Carolinas Medical Center has arrived in Burgaw to fill the absence of an emergency center with MED-1.
Pender County EMS & Fire was prepared to set up triage centers following Hurricane Florence.
“Offering emergency care is vital to a community, especially following a hurricane,” said Woody Sullivan, Pender EMS & Fire director.
Atrium Health of Charlotte stepped up to assist to fill the void left by the temporary closing of Pender Memorial Hospital.
“We have a 14-bed emergency department,” said Kristy Hayne, MED-1 manager of operations. “Two beds are for an operating room(OR). We have a full OR department.”
Hayne said MED-1 is staffed by 32 doctors, nurses, physician assistant, pastoral service and behavioral health specialist.
“They will offer triage,” said David Dudding, Pender County EMS & Fire battalion chief. “This team is a mobile ER who can deal with multiple medical emergencies including cardiac care, surgery, and trauma.”
Pender EMS & Fire will transport injured or ill patients from Western Pender County to the triage center, located at 200 W. Wilmington St., in the Family Dollar parking lot.
Patients along the coast have clear access to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s ER in Wilmington.
Dudding said patients can be driven to the triage center by friends or family.
“We are working with local providers,” said Haynes. “We will be here as long as there is a need.”
Haynes said the idea of taking doctors to the disaster was started by two healthcare providers from their medical group in Charlotte.
“We handle minor to critical 24/7,” said Haynes.
For information about the triage center, call Pender EMS & Fire at 910-259-0891. For medical assistance and transport to the triage center call 911.
Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.