Greenville Health System is providing water-purification resources to one Columbia hospital and is on stand-by to help provide surgical instrument sterilization to others in the wake of devastating floods in the state’s Midlands and coastal regions.
“We stand ready to do whatever our fellow hospitals need of us,” said Lance Evans, GHS’ emergency management coordinator. GHS is one of approximately 60 hospitals to participate in a state-wide mutual aid and sheltering agreement that allows hospitals to share resources, such as beds, staff and supplies, as part of a disaster response system.
GHS has already provided Columbia’s Richland Memorial Hospital with water-purification units that can together process more than 500 gallons of water per hour. The units include a trailer-mounted portable unit that can process 300 gallons per hour as well as two suit-case sized units that can each process 120 gallons of water per hour.
GHS has also been asked to serve as a contingency site to help Richland Memorial, Providence Hospital and the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center with instrument sterilization if needed.
Evans said that state emergency officials were in communication with critical resources like hospitals before the first raindrops fell in order to help ensure public safety.
“These are hard times for the Midlands and Lowcountry, but, by everyone working together, we can help ease the burden and keep the public – and patients – safe,” said Evans. “We will be there however we can to help out.”
GHS employees and med students at the USC School of Medicine Greenville have also launched fundraisers to help those areas affected.
Greenville Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Trauma Center – as well as other areas throughout GHS – are collecting items such as bottled water and food for the affected areas. In addition, Baptist Easley is encouraging employees to donate dollars to the Palmetto Health Foundation to specifically help Palmetto Health employees impacted by the disaster.
Students, faculty and staff at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville – which is a sister campus to the USC School of Medicine campus in Columbia – are holding a fundraising drive this week to benefit the American Red Cross.