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Published on July 26, 2018

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital again named a top hospital for nurses

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has again received prestigious recognition as a top hospital for nurses.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association, re-designated Tidelands Georgetown as a Pathway to Excellence hospital after a thorough review process. Tidelands Georgetown first received the designation in 2015.

The coveted Pathway to Excellence designation signals that Tidelands Georgetown has created an environment where nurses feel valued and supported by the hospital and are motivated to go above and beyond in caring for their patients.

“It truly is a testament to what we are doing at Tidelands HTidelands Health Logoealth,” said Ranee Stephens, a clinical director at Tidelands Georgetown who led the re-designation effort. “It just speaks to the excellence we offer.”

Tidelands Georgetown joins an elite group of 166 hospitals and only five in South Carolina – including Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital – to have the Pathway to Excellence designation.

To receive the re-designation, Tidelands Georgetown showed that it is committed to creating an environment where nurses excel and feel valued. Nurses verified the presence of a positive workplace by participating in a confidential survey.

“Our health system goes above and beyond to meet these standards and create a positive environment for nursing,” Stephens said. “This is a great place for nurses to find a home.”

The Pathway to Excellence designation is awarded for three years and is renewable after a review by ANCC. Tidelands Georgetown demonstrated in the rigorous review process that it creates a positive work environment and excels in practice standards including leadership accountability, safety of work environment and professional development opportunities, among others.

Tidelands Waccamaw first received the Pathway to Excellence designation in 2014 and was re-designated in 2017.

Creating an environment where nurses are happy, feel valued and thrive translates into better experiences for patients, Stephens said.

“If you have happy staff, it usually means you have happier patients,” she said. “This designation really speaks volumes to what we are doing for our nurses and our patients.”


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.