Tidelands Health Community Resource Center opens in Georgetown
May 23, 2016
GEORGETOWN -- Tidelands Health and community leaders on Monday celebrated the opening of the health system’s new community resource center, an innovative facility that brings together medical care, social services and wellness programs under one roof to serve the area’s uninsured and underinsured residents.
Located at the corner of Highmarket and Wood streets in the former post office, the Tidelands Health Community Resource Center serves as headquarters for Tidelands Community Care Network, a public-private partnership of agencies and organizations dedicated to helping people access essential services, from affordable primary care to behavioral health services. It also houses a second location of Smith Medical Clinic, which provides free medical care to Georgetown County residents who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay for medical care.
Tidelands Health community health education nurses, community health workers, a transitional care team, a behavioral health specialist, intake coordinators and the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Assisted Rides Program are also located in the center. In addition, the 8,850-square-foot building, which has been totally renovated, includes space for community health education classes such as nutrition management and CPR and office and meeting space for Tidelands Community Care Network partners.
“The Tidelands Health Community Resource Center is a milestone for our community,” said H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “The work that will go on within these walls is a testament to the vision, the motivation and the spirit of a determined group of individuals who were unafraid to make bold decisions. It truly symbolizes what we at Tidelands Health mean when we say, ‘Better health begins here.’ ”
Tidelands Health President and CEO Bruce Bailey said the resource center represents a philosophical shift in health care.
“There’s a clear link between health and wellness and quality of life,” Bailey said. “For many in our community, this means access to basic services and needs, such as transportation, medical care, good nutrition, education and a safe environment. This center brings together key people working on health access and community health education and serves as a model for other community health programs. As we promote health -- not just health care -- in our community, we are laying the foundation for becoming the healthiest community in South Carolina.”
The $2.5 million needed to renovate the facility has been partly funded through a fundraising campaign led by the Tidelands Health Foundation. Fundraising efforts to support the project continue.
Sherby McGrath, chairwoman of the foundation board, said supporting the resource center is about much more than bricks and mortar.
“No endeavor is more gratifying than helping people improve their health and, subsequently, their lives, by increasing their access to essential services,” McGrath said. “Through its programs, this center has the potential to dramatically change how many of our neighbors approach and manage their health.
Each gift is essential to the continuing success of this program. Whether you choose to donate on an annual basis or make a major gift, we encourage everyone who can to become a part of this worthy effort. We all benefit from a healthier community whose members can better learn, work and lead fulfilling and productive lives.”