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Published on January 07, 2015

Waccamaw Community Hospital cited among nation’s best for orthopedic surgery and services

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

 Waccamaw Community Hospital has been named one of America’s 100 best hospitals for orthopedic surgery in 2015 and is rated among the Top 10 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services.

The ratings are by Healthgrades, the nation’s leading independent health care quality review group, which examined data for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.

Waccamaw also earned Healthgrades’ highest rating -- five stars -- for excellence in total knee replacement, hip fracture treatment and spinal fusion surgery in the 2015 ratings.

“These ratings validate what our patients already know – that orthopedic care at Waccamaw Community Hospital is exemplary,” said Georgetown Hospital System President and CEO Bruce Bailey. “Patients do not have to leave the Tidelands region to receive superior orthopedic treatment and care.” 

Healthgrades assesses hospital data from across the nation to help consumers make smart choices when selecting a hospital for care. Because a hospital cannot opt out of participation, Healthgrades results are highly regarded for their unbiased assessment of quality of care and outcomes.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare patient records at nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performances related to 33 common procedures and conditions.

Dr. William J.  Greer, a Harvard-educated, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist and board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices at Waccamaw Orthopaedics and Spine, said the ratings demonstrate the quality of care patients receive at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

“These ratings are especially meaningful because they are independent and they recognize what our team strives to do every day --- provide the right treatment at the right time for every patient, whether it’s a young athlete dealing with a broken ankle or a grandmother who needs treatment for a hip fracture,” Dr. Greer said.

Patients who choose Waccamaw Orthopaedics and Spine and Waccamaw Community Hospital have access to a broad continuum of services – from specialized physician care to surgery to inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

The hospital’s nursing staff includes professionals certified in orthopedic care, and the facility is also home to Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital. The region’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the “hospital within a hospital” offers specialized rehabilitation care, including care for patients recovering from hip fracture and joint replacement. Waccamaw Community Hospitals’s orthopedic services are also supported by NextStep Rehabilitation Services, a network of outpatient physical, speech and occupational therapists who provide care at 12 convenient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach. 

Waccamaw Orthopaedics and Spine physicians are all board-certified and include Dr. T. Scott Ellison, a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery; Dr. William Greer, a Harvard-educated orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in orthopedic sports medicine with a subspecialty certification in that field; Dr. Daniel J. Single, who trained at the Cleveland Clinic and specializes in hip and knee replacement, and Dr. Gavin Vaughn, who is fellowship-trained in primary care sports medicine and provides physical medicine and rehabilitation and non-operative musculoskeletal care.

Waccamaw Community Hospital’s rating by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 best hospitals for orthopedic surgery in 2015 is not the first prestigious recognition of the facility’s orthopedic services. The hospital is also the recipient of the Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement from The Joint Commission, the nation’s accrediting body for hospitals.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Waccamaw Orthopaedics and Spine, call 843-652-8160.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.