New Residency Program Aims To Ensure Quality Health Care For Region's Growing Population
Tidelands Health is investing $11 million in a new building on Holmestown Road as part of the health system’s broader effort to help ensure quality medical care for the region’s growing population.
Representatives from Tidelands Health and the Medical University of South Carolina on Monday held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 16,280-square-foot building. It will house the new Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, which will provide three years of hands-on training in family medicine for doctors who have completed their medical degrees.
The program is meant to help attract new doctors to the area because physicians tend to remain in the communities where they complete their residency. It is part of a broader initiative within Tidelands Health to respond to the region’s rapid population growth.
Within the last several months, Tidelands Health has also opened a new oncology practice in Horry County and announced, with HealthSouth Corp., plans to jointly own and operate a new, 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Little River.
“The groundbreaking of this new building is another milestone in our efforts to help ensure the Tidelands region has access to high-quality medical care,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “Attracting new talent is a critical part of that goal.”
The new residency program was developed with support from the Medical University of South Carolina, which will provide curriculum and some faculty. Tidelands Health physicians also will serve as faculty members.
“The Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program will leverage the resources of both a community health system and an academic medical center,” said Dr. Terry Steyer, program director and chairman of the MUSC Department of Family Medicine. “Together, we can provide unparalleled training opportunities for residents.”
The program will operate much like a traditional family medical practice, with the work of residents overseen by experienced physicians from Tidelands Health and MUSC.
The building will feature state-of-the-art technology and a modern design specifically constructed for the residency program. It will include 24 exam rooms, teaching and lounge space for residents, a garden and a labyrinth for meditation.
The new building should be complete in the fall of 2017.