DOTHAN, ALABAMA - Anyone scheduled to undergo an elective or outpatient procedure at Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) in Dothan on Monday will have to wait a while longer for their case to be completed.

Media Relations Officer Steve Pearce advises all elective cases have been cancelled in the interest of safety.

"Hurricane Irma continues to evolve and may impact our service area late Sunday or Monday," Pearce stated in a press release Friday evening. "We have been diligently preparing to care for our patients and community before, during and after the storm. In the interest of patient safety and storm related preparedness, Southeast Alabama Medical Center has decided to cancel all elective cases and close outpatient service locations on Monday."

SAMC's emergency department and inpatient facilities will remain open.