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Economic Impact

Growing with our community

At Tidelands Health, we are one of our region’s largest private employers and a major driver of economic activity. Each year, our not-for-profit health system is responsible for more than $500 million of economic impact and supports more than 5,000 jobs directly through the goods and services we purchase from local businesses.

As our region has grown so, too, has Tidelands Health. Now more than ever, there is a clear need for high-quality health and wellness services close to home. Tidelands Health is committed to meeting that need through responsible growth.

Who we are

To understand our organization’s commitment to the community is to understand our roots.

The origins of Tidelands Health date back to the 1940s, when a group of committed citizens decided to construct a new hospital in Georgetown.

Today, we are the region’s largest integrated health care delivery network with four hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations.

Still, we remain committed to the ideals of our founders. At Tidelands Health, we believe that high-quality health care should be made available to members of our community regardless of age, race or socioeconomic status.

A not-for-profit organization, we are governed by a board of local volunteers who live and work in the region. We aren’t responsible to shareholders, and we invest income from operations in the people, technologies and facilities our region’s health care needs demand.

Investment

Serving as a partner in our community’s growth requires smart management of our resources. At Tidelands Health, we have strategically invested in new and existing facilities to meet the region’s growing care needs.

In Georgetown, we have invested more than $100 million in the redevelopment of the Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital campus. The original hospital facility, which was constructed nearly 70 years ago, has been expanded and modernized. The result is more spacious patient rooms, an expanded emergency department, redesigned outpatient services, a new entrance and mall area and, most recently, the new, 43,500-square-foot Yawkey Surgery Pavilion.

In Murrells Inlet, we have expanded our Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network on the campus of Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital to include medical oncology, infusion, a breast center and, in partnership with MUSC Health, radiation therapy services. Area residents receiving cancer treatment can now do so at three convenient locations in Georgetown, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach — a cancer care network that is unparalleled in our region.

We are also growing our physician network to better meet the region’s needs. Physician recruitment is a strategic imperative for our health system and our community. Those efforts are supported by the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, which provides three years of specialized training for newly graduated physicians.

And in May 2019, we opened a second Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, in Little River.

Growth

In addition to renovation and expansion projects on our main hospital campuses, our health system continues to develop our network of outpatient care locations.

In recent years, we have opened several new physician practices including Tidelands Health Family Medicine and Tidelands Health Women’s Center at Holmestown Road, as well as Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Prince Creek.

Work on Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common is also well underway. Slated to open in late summer 2019, this 65,000-square foot facility will be home to a host of health and wellness services, including primary care, specialty care, physical therapy, lab, imaging and more.