Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital to Meet Growing Needs for Health Care in Horry County

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Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital to Meet Growing Needs for Health Care in Horry County

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Tidelands Health is planning to expand its already strong presence in Horry County with the proposed construction of Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital in the Socastee area.

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With four hospitals and more than 60 care locations along the Grand Strand, Tidelands Health has been serving Horry County for decades and is dedicated to meeting the rapidly growing county’s health care needs. As the community grows, Tidelands Health is committed to growing with it.

The proposed Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital will be conveniently located at the interchange of Highway 31 and S.C. 707 in south Horry County. Pending approval by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the 36-bed hospital will offer an emergency department, medical, surgical and critical care, four operating suites, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and more.

“Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital is designed to provide the types of medical services that the residents of this growing area of Horry County need,” says Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer at Tidelands Health. “Horry County is an area our team knows well and is proud to serve through our hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician practices and specialty care locations.”

The region’s largest health care provider, Tidelands Health was founded more than 70 years ago in Georgetown and remains locally owned and operated. More than half – 54 percent -- of the health system’s patient encounters every year are with Horry County residents.

Horry County, the second-fastest growing area in the nation, has a significant need for additional hospital beds. SC DHEC’s 2020 South Carolina Health Plan estimates an additional 155 hospital beds are needed to serve the county.

To meet the health care needs of the growing population, Tidelands Health has made significant investments in Horry County over the past 18 months.

Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common debuted last year off Farrow Parkway near U.S. 17 Bypass. The three-story medical park ushered in a new era of coordinated care in Myrtle Beach with a variety of providers and services available under one roof. In its first year of operation, the medical park had more than 50,000 patient encounters.

Earlier in 2019 on the north end of the Strand, Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, opened in Little River.

Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital will be the health system’s second hospital in Horry County and will provide convenient and accessible care to one of the county’s fastest-growing areas.

“Tidelands Health Carolina Bays Hospital will be an integral location in the Tidelands Health network serving Horry County,” Resetar says. “Residents can continue to rely on Tidelands Health to deliver high-quality, compassionate care that also is convenient and easily accessible.”