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Published on September 17, 2015

Tidelands Waccamaw recertified as childbirth center of excellence

Sept. 16, 2015

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has earned recertification as a childbirth center of excellence, the only such center in South Carolina, by the Joint Commission.

In fall 2013, Tidelands Waccamaw became one of only eight hospitals in the nation and the first in the state to earn the prestigious certification. The recertification, which was awarded after a rigorous site visit to the hospital earlier this month, reinforces Tidelands Waccamaw’s role as a national leader in best practices for the care of mothers and infants.

“We are honored and pleased to have earned recertification,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Tidelands Health.

“Our labor and delivery team strives to deliver the highest-quality maternal and infant care possible. This recognition makes a powerful statement to our community that Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital adheres to the highest standards of care for our moms and babies.”

To earn certification, a program must be able to demonstrate the use of clinical practice guidelines, follow evidence-based practices in the delivery of care and submit data on specific performance indicators. Delivery of care includes the full spectrum of care for mothers and newborns, including a Level 2 nursery, implementation of the 39-week initiative for deliveries and education on breastfeeding and prenatal and postnatal care.

Last year, approximately 600 babies were delivered at Tidelands Waccamaw, which has 19 beds on its women and children’s services unit.

 The recognition is the second prestigious honor for Tidelands Waccamaw women and children’s services.  In 2013, Tidelands Waccamaw became the first hospital in South Carolina to earn the Baby Friendly designation, an international award that recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal care for mothers and their babies.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission sets national standards for patient safety and quality of care.


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