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Memorial offices closed

All Memorial Health University Physicians offices, Cardiovascular Consultants and Savannah Cardiology will be closed Friday-Tuesday.

St. Joseph’s/Candler moving all operations to St. Joseph’s

Due to the uncertainty of the force of Hurricane Irma, St. Joseph’s/Candler will consolidate operations to St. Joseph’s Hospital during the storm.

“With the recent upgrades to that facility, it is better equipped to handle the long term needs of our caregivers, medical staff and any patients who are too sick to be discharged or evacuated,” a hospital spokesman said. Thursday.

The newly renovated St. Joseph’s Hospital is now one of the strongest buildings in Savannah capable of withstanding significant hurricane force winds. In addition, it can run emergency power to the entire 330-bed building for a longer period of time. This includes the ability to air condition all patient areas and surgical suites.

Chamber Power Hour canceled

The Savannah Chamber Small Business Council Power Hour, originally scheduled for noon on Tuesday in the Savannah Morning News auditorium, is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Best of Savannah postponed

The Best of Savannah 2017 party, scheduled for Thursday, September 14 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, is postponed due to Hurricane Irma. A celebration of The Best of Savannah 2017 winners and sponsors will be held at a later date. Watch this space for more details coming soon.

SDBA luncheon is canceled

The Savannah Downtown Business Association has canceled its monthly luncheon scheduled for Wednesday.

Fresenius Kidney Care to treat dialysis patients during storm

As part of its commitment to minimizing disruption to patient care resulting from Hurricane Irma, Fresenius Kidney Care in Savannah will provide treatment before, during and after the storm. Individuals needing help with emergency plans or more information about arranging dialysis treatment should call Fresenius Kidney Care’s 24-hour toll-free Patient Emergency Hotline at 1-800-626-1297. This service is available for all patients, regardless of dialysis provider.

Comcast opens free WiFi ahead of storm

To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes its anticipated landfall in Georgia, Comcast is opening nearly 10,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout impacted areas to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free. Comcast has opened up all Wi-Fi hotspots in Savannah and surrounding communities, as well as in Augusta and Brunswick.

For a map of the Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, residents can visit www.Xfinity.com/wifi. Once in range of a hotspot, they may select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their usernames and passwords, and they will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future. Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their sessions every two hours through Sept. 15.

Planet Fitness will offer hot showers

With the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, area Planet Fitness locations will be offering their locker room facilities to those seeking hot showers as soon as it is safe to reopen. Members of the public may use the locker room facilities at the Ogeechee Boulevard and Eisenhower Drive Planet Fitness locations.

“Everyone’s safety is our top priority and concern,” said Shelley Choquette, community outreach manager of Anchor Management, Inc. which owns and operates 12 Planet Fitness franchise locations throughout the Coastal Carolinas and Savannah, GA.

The clubs will close at noon on Friday and will reopen for the public to take advantage of these services when it is safe to do so. Please call your local club, or check your local listings for updates and potential closing announcements.

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