Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earns an A rating for patient safety

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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 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.