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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on July 23, 2013

Waccamaw Community Hospital designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Georgetown, S.C. — Waccamaw Community Hospital (WCH) has been designated anAetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

“We are delighted and honored to have received this recognition,” John LaRochelle, vice president of NextStep Services, said. “Georgetown Hospital System and Waccamaw Community Hospital have assembled a team of highly respected clinicians who are leaders in the field of joint replacement and who strive every day to deliver evidence-based, quality care to their patients.”

WCH is a 167-bed acute care facility that provides general and emergency care to the surrounding communities in Georgetown and Horry counties. The facility also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

WCH is located in Murrells Inlet, S.C., at 4070 Highway 17 Bypass. The main number for the NextStep Joint Replacement Program is 843.652.1791.


Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.