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Jax Daily Record Monday, Sep. 2, 201901:13 PM EST

Area health care providers prepare for Hurricane Dorian

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Baptist hospitals at the Beaches and in Nassau County have started moving patients.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

Here’s how Northeast Florida health care systems are preparing for Hurricane Dorian:

ASCENSION ST. VINCENTS

Ascension St. Vincent’s spokesman Kyle Sieg said the situation is subject to change based on the path of the storm.

The Riverside hospital, at 1 Shircliff Way in Evacuation Zone B, will remain open until further notice.

Primary care, urgent care and specialty care clinics will be closed through Wednesday.

Updates are online at https://healthcare.ascension.org/Standalone/Storm-Alert-FLJAX.

The hospital is offering free online care to Floridians in response to Hurricane Dorian. The program offers access to medical providers who can treat nonemergency symptoms. The website is https://healthcare.ascension.org/Specialty-Care/Online-Care

BAPTIST HEALTH

Baptist Medical Center Beaches patients will be transferred to Baptist Medical Center South by the end of Monday. Baptist Medical Center Nassau patients were transferred to Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville on the Southbank.

Both the Beaches and Nassau hospitals will be closed from Monday until the mandatory evacuation is lifted. The emergency rooms at the hospitals also are expected to close Monday.

All Baptist Primary Care offices will remain open, except for the following, which will close Wednesday and Thursday:

Amelia: 220 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach

Beaches Family Practice: 900 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach

Callahan: 45465 Fifth Ave., Callahan

Fernandina Beach: 1888 S. 14th St., Fernandina Beach

Kingsland: 2060 Dan Proctor Drive, Suite 3100, St. Marys, Georgia

Neptune Beach: 700 Third St., Neptune Beach

Ponte Vedra: 520 Florida A1A N. Suite 201, Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Pediatrics: 520 Florida A1A N., Suite 102, Ponte Vedra Beach

Yulee: 463832 State Road 200, Yulee

CareSpot Urgent Care locations will operate normally, except for CareSpot in St. Augustine at 2095 U.S. 1 S., which will close Monday and Tuesday.

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, both the San Marco and Baptist South locations, will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.

For updates on closures, visit https://www.baptistjax.com/emergency-alert.

HCA HEALTHCARE (MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND ORANGE PARK MEDICAL CENTER)

Both of the organization’s hospitals in Northeast Florida will remain open during the storm, including the emergency rooms.

“With help from our HCA Healthcare colleagues, we are prepared to provide care throughout any impact that we may see this week from Hurricane Dorian,” said Brad Talbert, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville’s chief executive officer. “We’ve brought in extra medical supplies, fuel, water, food, linens and equipment to ensure we can meet the care needs of our community and keep our employees and physicians safe.”

Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center will provide storm updates on their Facebook pages.

UF HEALTH JACKSONVILLE

UF Health Jacksonville’s hospitals will operate normally Monday, and likely Tuesday as well, said Daniel Leveton, the hospital’s media relations manager. It will remain open during the storm, but some services may not be available.

On Wednesday, all UF Health outpatient clinics will close, and elective surgeries will be rescheduled. This includes outpatient and rehabilitation services at UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Emerson Medical Plaza and UF Health North.

The hospital opened its Hospital Incident Command on Monday, which “sets in motion plans for everything to support the organization through the weather.”  

MAYO CLINIC

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville will close all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

The emergency department will stay open as long as it's safe to travel, said Mayo Clinic spokesman Kevin Punsky.

Mayo Clinic is a shelter-in-place facility, meaning patients will not be moved or evacuated from the hospital during the storm.

Updates will be posted to newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

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