Storm damage forces changes at McLeod Health Darlington
By Bobby Bryant
The storms and heavy rains that have hammered Darlington recently have damaged McLeod Health Darlington’s building to such an extent that officials are moving inpatient and outpatient services to other McLeod facilities. The 72-bed facility at 701 Cashua Ferry Road is awaiting a “structural review,” said Tracy Stanton with McLeod Health Marketing. She said patient and employee transferrals were expected to be finished by Oct. 16. “Damage from heavy storms in recent weeks has taken a toll on the McLeod Health Darlington building,” Stanton said in a statement. “A thorough evaluation and facility assessment of the Darlington hospital building is underway to determine the future of the facility.” She did not offer details of the damage. Stanton said staff members “impacted by this shift” also will relocate “to care for the patients and transfer to those positions in the new locations within the McLeod Health system.” Stanton’s statement said that McLeod Behavioral Health will remain in Darlington and that the practices in the Medical Office Building remain open. McLeod Health Darlington has “served the people of its community for decades and the medical professionals in the Medical Office Building and at McLeod Behavioral Health, which are both adjacent to the hospital, will continue to provide excellent care,” Stanton said.