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Georgia hospitals seeing a trickle of patients fleeing Hurricane Florence

The Georgia Hospital Association is closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Florence and is already helping evacuees who are ill or elderly.

Georgia is expected to get tens of thousands of evacuees from the Carolinas.

The association is working with hospitals, state and federal agencies to assist  in any way possible.

“We’re already seeing evacuees from nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities,” said Adrianne Feinberg, director of emergency preparedness for GHA.

She said they are not seeing large number, but have gotten “quite a few from those health care providers.”

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There are more than 170 hospitals in the association.

“Hurricane Florence is predicted to hit our neighbors to the east with extreme force,” GHA President Earl Rogers said in a statement. “Our hospitals stand ready to assist, whether by caring for potentially evacuated patients or providing much-needed resources. Just last year, we rose to the occasion when thousands of Floridians needed our help during Hurricane Irma.”

The GHA has information on its Web site.

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