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Published on August 29, 2016

Tidelands Health partners with HealthSouth to expand inpatient rehab services

Aug. 29, 2016

Tidelands Health is partnering with HealthSouth Corp. to bring needed inpatient rehabilitation services to the region.

Tidelands, the region’s largest health care system, and HealthSouth, one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute health care services, have formed a joint venture to own and operate Tidelands Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital, a rehabilitation hospital located inside Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital. Tidelands and HealthSouth will also file a certificate of need application to build a second, 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Little River.

Inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide specialized care for patients who have experienced stroke, trauma, brain injury and complex orthopedic conditions, as well as other major illnesses or injuries.

“Over the years, Tidelands Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital has improved the lives of thousands of patients,” said Bruce Bailey, Tidelands president and CEO. “As the region’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital, we have seen firsthand the growing need for this critically important service in our community.

 “Our partnership with HealthSouth will allow us to marry our strengths with those of one of the nation’s largest health care providers, delivering outstanding care and service at two dedicated inpatient rehabilitation hospitals to serve the region.”

Ed Mowen, president of HealthSouth’s MidAtlantic region, said the partnership will benefit patients across Georgetown and Horry counties and surrounding communities.

 “We look forward to working together with Tidelands Health to provide high-quality rehabilitative care in a hospital setting, designed to restore and strengthen patients so they can return to their highest possible level of independence,” Mowen said.

The joint venture’s operation of Tidelands Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to begin in 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Construction on the new hospital in Little River will begin following approval of the certificate of need, and the new hospital will commence operations following completion of construction and receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

About Tidelands Health

Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and more than 40 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.

About HealthSouth

HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at




Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 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.