At Tidelands Health, our core function is the delivery of high-quality medical care to those we serve. But we believe our responsibility to our community stretches beyond the walls of our 50-plus care locations. That belief is reflected in our mission statement — We help people live better lives through better health.
Our mission compels our support of dozens of community organizations and events designed to improve the quality of life in our region and to devote significant resources to broad community initiatives that are improving the health of the population at large.
Improving community health
A TCCN employee partner teaches nutritional
value to a member of the community.
As a not-for-profit organization established by forward-looking community leaders nearly 70 years ago, we believe we have a fundamental obligation to improve the region’s overall health.
Our efforts are expressed in many different ways, but perhaps most notably through the work of our community health resources department.
The department’s efforts include Tidelands Community Care Network and its leadership in a variety of proactive health-focused programs and initiatives.
Established in 2012, Tidelands Community Care Network is public-private collaborative of more than two dozen area organizations working together to improve health care access for the uninsured and the underinsured. Since inception, it has helped thousands of people benefit from access to primary and specialty care providers, behavioral health visits and medication prescriptions.
Tidelands Works partners with a business to
provide a wellness program.
Other efforts involving the community health resources department include the “Positive Parenting Program,” a partnership of four community organizations that focuses on meeting the needs of families in Georgetown County, and the “Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas” initiative, which seeks to promote behavior changes that address chronic issues such as unhealthy weight, diabetes and heart disease by increasing physical activity and nutrition. Both programs are generously funded by The Duke Endowment.
The department also offers a community-based palliative care program, which brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts to improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic and life-threatening illness, and a very successful Diabetes Prevention Program, one of only a few such programs in South Carolina to receive full accreditation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More broadly, the community health resources department provides a wide array of health programs and screenings for the community at large. These include our popular Community Health Days, which are attended by hundreds of community residents who take advantage of free and low-cost health screenings and health information, and our Healthy Conversations program, which allows community organizations to schedule medical professionals to talk about topics of interest or to lead energizing and engaging activities.
Walk With a Doc encourages the community
to get out and get active.
Our health system also partners with area schools, as well. In Georgetown County, we fund athletic trainers in each of the county’s high schools, and the physicians and staff of the Tidelands Health Sports Medicine Institute offer free sports physicals for student athletes.
Through our Tidelands Works program, we have partnered with dozens of area businesses to provide a broad range of health and wellness services to their employees.
And we have launched a regionwide walking initiative meant to help get people moving. Among other efforts, Tidelands Health offers Walk With a Doc, a free, physician-led community walking program held monthly in Myrtle Beach, and is constructing multi-purpose trails around its hospitals in Murrells Inlet and Georgetown.
A Tidelands Health employee partner speaks
to the WIPL audience.
Better health and, ultimately, a better life are achieved in myriad ways. Beyond our organization’s direct impact within the community, our mission also compels our support of dozens of community organizations and events designed to improve the quality of life in our region.
Over the years, our health system has donated millions of dollars in cash and in-kind gifts to numerous community organizations including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Black River United Way, March of Dimes and many more.
We have also developed a strong partnership with Coastal Carolina University. Our organization is proud to serve as the official health system of the CCU Chanticleers, and we have joined with the university’s Women in Philanthropy and Leadership program as its health and wellness community partner.
Dr. William Greer looks over the Myrtle Beach
Through our work with WIPL, we bring the Better! Health and Wellness Expo to life at the University’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, attended by nearly 1,000 area women each year.
Our work with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, too, is improving the quality of life in our regional community. As the team’s official health care provider, specialists from the Tidelands Health Sports Medicine Institute provide leading care for the team’s players.
But our partnership extends beyond the playing field. Together, our organizations are promoting community health and wellness through events and activities.