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Published on October 30, 2014

Celebrate a nurse hero at Waccamaw Community Hospital on Nov. 5

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The public is invited to celebrate Waccamaw Community Hospital’s nursing heroes at a special open house Nov. 5.

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., nurses across the hospital will hold an open house for the community on the first floor of the hospital. The event, which celebrates Waccamaw’s Pathway to Excellence award, will feature booths and tables where nurses will be available to provide health tips, do blood pressure checks and answer general questions about health and safety. Prizes will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served.

 “We’re encouraging everyone in the community to join us for this special occasion,” said Pam Maxwell, vice president of operations – WCH administrator. “From surgery and emergency care to obstetrics and orthopedics, our nurses are on the front lines every day, working to save lives, comfort the sick and deliver compassionate care.  They are unsung heroes, and we hope the entire community will turn out to meet them and celebrate their achievements.”

Nearly 340 nurses work at Waccamaw Community in roles ranging from bedside care and administrative management to community health outreach and education.

Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association, the Pathway to Excellence designation recognizes Waccamaw Community Hospital as one of the best hospitals in the nation for nurses to work and excel.

The designation is awarded for three years and is renewable after a review by the ANCC.

To earn the Pathway to Excellence distinction, an organization must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives for creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies, and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.


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.