Our Community Needs
A New Chapter in the Tidelands Health Story
Our story began 70 years ago. It started with one hospital and a vision of bringing better health to the community. Today, Tidelands Health is our region’s largest health care provider with locations stretching from Andrews to Little River.
Tidelands Health is dedicated to keeping the communities we serve healthy and active by promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.
Driven by our mission to help people live better lives through better health, we are turning the page on our next chapter.
We have set our sights on expanding three major clinical initiatives: neuroscience, pediatric rehabilitation and cancer services. Why? Because we must.
We also have the opportunity to honor the memory of a special couple who impacted Tidelands Health and our region. The McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching has been established to support education and training of health care professionals at Tidelands Health.
The Tidelands Health region is growing rapidly, gaining hundreds of new residents each month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This population growth, particularly among adults 50-plus, creates greater demand for health care services.
To respond to the growing number of patients we serve, we must grow, too – in space, technology and resources. But we cannot do it alone. With your generosity and support, the Tidelands Health Foundation is committed to raising $5 million to support these important projects to help people live better lives through better health.
The need: Dramatic population growth has led to less-than-ideal ratios of neuroscience physicians to patients and stressed service capacity for patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, brain cancer and trauma.
Our vision: To meet the growing need, Tidelands Health plans to further expand our outpatient neuroscience services in Horry and Georgetown counties.
The impact: Your gift will help provide state-of-the-art equipment, including balance and gait diagnostics to assess the risk of falls, management of concussion injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations and other conditions. Your gift also will support expansion of our facilities to meet the growing population in our region.
The need: Tidelands Health is the region’s largest provider of pediatric rehabilitation services, which help children overcome speech and developmental delays. With dramatic population growth in our region, we are seeing more children who need these vital services.
Our vision: We will partner with generous community members who will help us provide necessary therapies for pediatric patients who do not receive government assistance and are medically underserved.
The impact: Gifts that will cover one or more therapy sessions – at a cost of $100 per session – mean our pediatric rehabilitation patients can continue to receive the care they need using new technologies and proven tactile learning that can help them achieve their greatest potential. Your gift also will support planned construction of an outdoor play area equipped for special needs children at our pediatric rehabilitation centers.
The need: In our service area, more than 2,300 people receive a new cancer diagnosis each year. As our population continues to grow, these numbers are expected to rise.
Our vision: We will continue to expand cancer services close to home through the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network. We plan to enhance the patient experience by creating easier access to care and by providing an even better healing environment at our facilities.
The impact: Your gift will support planned renovation at the Tidelands Health Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center in Georgetown to create more exam rooms, counseling and conference areas and an on-site pharmacy. Gifts will also support future expansion of the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network across the Tidelands region.
The McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching
The late H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, and his beloved wife, Jo, devoted their lives to helping others. During his tenure as chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees, Mr. Skipper saw Tidelands Health grow to better serve our community, and he was a passionate advocate for the education and training of current and future health care professionals.
The need: The McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching supports professional development, education and training for health care professionals in our region.
Our vision: We remember the devoted community service of McRoy and Jo Skipper while continuing the important work they supported.
The impact: By supporting the education and training of both current and future health care providers in our community, your gift to the McRoy and Jo Skipper Initiative for Learning and Teaching will have a lasting impact on quality of life across the Tidelands region.
Together, we can help improve the health of our community. Your gift to the Tidelands Health Foundation will let us reach more people, help more patients and tell more stories of success.