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Published on May 23, 2018

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital earns “Gold Seal of Approval” for hip and knee replacement


Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has earned national recertification for hip and knee replacement.

The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs across the United States, has granted Tidelands Georgetown its “Gold Seal of Approval” for hip and knee replacement. The Gold Seal of Approval is a widely recognized symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.Joint Commission Gold Seal

“We’re honored to earn this recertification,” said John LaRochelle, vice president of operations at Tidelands Health. “Our orthopedics team works diligently to deliver safe, quality care to our patients, beginning with education before surgery to care and therapy during recovery.

“This certification demonstrates we are achieving our goal and shows that Tidelands Georgetown’s orthopedics team strives to maintain high standards of care.”

Tidelands Georgetown earned recertification following an on-site review. Experts with The Joint Commission evaluated Tidelands Georgetown’s compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

Tidelands Georgetown first earned Joint Commission certification in 2012 for hip and knee replacement, one of several quality recognitions for the hospital.

Tidelands Georgetown is an accredited chest pain center, and the hospital is also certified by The Joint Commission for spine surgery and as an advanced primary stroke center.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.