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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on April 24, 2005

GHS Marks 'Cover The Uninsured Week'

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Georgetown, SC –In recognition of the commitment and care offered to local residents and Americans through our nation’s hospitals, Georgetown Hospital System joins others across the country in celebrating “Hands Around Our Hospital Day,” being marked as part of Cover The Uninsured Week, May 1-8.

“People in need of a ‘helping hand’ have long turned to Georgetown Hospital System in times of illness,” said Bruce P. Bailey, CEO. “As we celebrate Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s 55th birthday this week, we realize the support and assistance we provide our community is so much more. We feel a deep sense of pride as we take stock of the many kinds of assistance and care we offer our patients and families,” he added.

“From preventive care to educational programs, Georgetown Hospital System values its position as a strong community resource. Not only does our team of employees provide quality care, but many of them are involved in other capacities, offering information and assistance in navigating today’s complexities of healthcare,” Bailey said.

One of the ways Georgetown Hospital System employees help patients is by aggressively qualifying uninsured and self-pay patients for available financial assistance. The organization works diligently to assist uninsured patients in finding alternative funding resources to help defray costs for care and treatment, he said. Many uninsured patients qualify for a sliding scale income-based discount offered by Georgetown Hospital System.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.