Developing our region's workforce
TIDELANDS HEALTH EARNS CAPSTONE AWARD
In 2020, our not-for-profit community health system earned the statewide award for our exemplary efforts to improve the health of patients, team members and the community and our numerous innovative initiatives that further the health system’s mission.
As one of our region’s largest private employers, Tidelands Health invests tens of millions of dollars annually in our workforce and, thus, the regional economy.
But our contribution goes far beyond salaries and benefits.
At Tidelands Health, we believe we have a responsibility to help develop our region’s workforce. To achieve that goal, we provide many opportunities to sustain our team members’ growth and support students throughout the region by helping them build the skills and training they need to succeed.
At Tidelands Health, we promote the well-being of our employee partners through myriad programs and services. Our physical agility testing program, for example, helps ensure the physical readiness of employee partners to perform their jobs. The PAT, administered as part of the hiring process, has dramatically reduced on-the-job injuries since its implementation in 2009.
We also encourage our employee partners to engage in their physical and emotional health through our Well Excel program, which provides financial incentives for completing activities such as regular physician visits, preventive health screenings, physical activity, nutrition programs and financial counseling.
And we encourage our team members to continue their professional growth through numerous professional development opportunities, including hundreds of hours of continuing education classes and tuition reimbursement for individuals seeking degrees.
In addition, we offer managers and physician leaders the opportunity to participate in the Tidelands Health Leadership Academy. Developed in partnership with Coastal Carolina University, the leadership academy delivers classroom-based instruction in critical areas such as strategic planning, project management and innovation. These continuing education opportunities are part of the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching.
Shaping the next generation
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Just as it is vital to recruit and maintain a competent and engaged workforce today, it is equally important to invest in talent development for the future.
Our health system offers a wide array of opportunities for middle-school, high-school, college and post-graduate students to engage with the delivery of health care in our community, supported by the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching.
Local high-school students, for example, have the opportunity to participate in our “Nurses are Extraordinary” program, which provides students a chance to visit our hospitals and get an up-close look at the important work nurses perform. We are also connecting with eighth through 12th graders through STEM Premier, a digital platform that allows us to introduce students to potential health care career paths.
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College nursing students, meanwhile can complete an in-depth nursing residency within our health system, working alongside experienced nurse preceptors. And in 2017, we launched the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program. This post-graduate program provides three years of hands-on training for newly graduated physicians who learn under the supervision of physicians from Tidelands Health and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Physician residents receive broad-based training in family medicine with an emphasis on leadership and work-life balance. They also see patients in our hospitals and at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road, a full-service family medicine practice in Myrtle Beach.