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Exceptional Health Care for Our Growing Community

A new hospital for south Horry County

Convenient, accessible health care is important for everyone. That’s why Tidelands Health is planning to expand our already strong presence in Horry County with the construction of Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital at the interchange of Highways 31 and 707 in south Horry County.

More than 100,000 people have moved to the Myrtle Beach area in the past eight years, and another 275,000 people are projected to move to Horry County by 2040. Tidelands Health, as our region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, is committed to growing with our community -- providing access to high-quality, compassionate health care just as we’ve done for more than 70 years.

The construction of Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital has received state approval, pending legal appeals. Once constructed, the new hospital will include 36 medical-surgical beds, an emergency department, four operating suites, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and more.

Hospitals Within a Hospital

We are also seeking to construct Tidelands Health Extended Care Hospital and Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, within Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital. These “hospitals within a hospital” would offer patients seamless access to a broad variety of essential health care services in one convenient location.

Tidelands Health Extended Care Hospital

Tidelands Health Extended Care Hospital will feature 24 beds and will provide care to patients with advanced medical needs who require extended hospital stays to support their recovery following serious injury or illness.

At present, there are no long-term acute care hospital beds in Horry or Georgetown counties, with the nearest long-term acute care hospital more than an hour away.

The proposed long-term care hospital will offer extended respiratory therapy, treatment for complications from diabetes, care for individuals with severe COVID-19 infections that require long-term hospitalization, complex wound therapy and more.

Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital will be the region’s third inpatient rehabilitation hospital operated by Tidelands Health and Encompass Health.

Once constructed, the 36-bed hospital will serve patients recovering from numerous conditions, including stroke and other neurological disorders, hip fractures, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, complex orthopedic conditions and COVID-19. Patients will receive a minimum of three hours per day of therapy for five days each week, 24-hour nursing care, access to advanced technologies and frequent visits by an attending physician during their stay.