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Published on October 29, 2015

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earns an A rating for patient safety

October 29, 2015

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital is one of just 10 hospitals in South Carolina to earn an “A” rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, non-profit hospital watchdog organization. 

The “Hospital Safety Score” rates hospitals on errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Every day, our employee and physician partners dedicate themselves to the delivery of safe, high-quality and compassionate medical care,” said Pam Maxwell, Tidelands Health’s chief nursing officer. “Our A score is a direct result of the diligence of our care providers, and I thank them for their commitment to excellence.” 

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 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.