The Medical Center, Navicent Health in downtown Macon is the designated Regional Coordinating Hospital in Central Georgia for patients evacuating the coast.

According to a press release from Navicent Health, sent out Thursday afternoon many vulnerable healthcare populations are being evacuated from coastal Georgia for their safety and care.

Navicent Health is helping those patients find medical treatment in safe areas across the state.

"We are expected to lead our region, which is in central Georgia, and provide any needs for our hospital and health care partners within our region. We actually partner with the other coordinating hospitals throughout the state and provide them with any support they need during a disaster such as hurricane Mathew," says Navicent EMA Specialist, Stephen Ramsey.

Because of the severity of the storm, Navicent is also acting as the southeast regional coordinating hospital for counties that have all been listed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal under a state of emergency. Navicent Health will provide coordination and placement of patients from the following southeastern counties.

  • Screven
  • Effingham
  • Bulloch
  • Candler
  • Evans
  • Tattnall
  • Toombs,
  • Long
  • Bryan
  • Liberty
  • Chatham
  • McIntosh
  • Glynn
  • Camden

Ramsey says this situation is very fluid. He doesn't know how many patients to expect. But, they are working with hospitals across the state to make sure there is room for everyone in need.

"Right now we are doing a lot of support in terms of bed placement and making sure that patients that are coming from the coast are adequately cared for and still provide that same quality of care that they would have at their respective facilities," says Ramsey.

The Medical Center, Navicent Health, is working with state and local emergency management officials in order to ensure patients, families and communities are updated on this critical process for the safety of the state.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our communities as they weather this storm and we are grateful for all of the emergency management personnel, clinicians and community organizations assisting with the safe transfer of these patients and their families, “said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.