Tidelands Health named Business of the Year for Excellence in Community Service
Each day, more than 2,000 employee and physician partners come to work at Tidelands Health with a single, shared mission: “We help people live better lives through better health.”
That commitment to community health and wellness has led to recognition from the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, which named Tidelands Health the chamber’s 2017-2018 Business of the Year for Excellence in Community Service.
The health system was one of three finalists for the award, which was presented on Saturday at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber’s 2018 Membership Awards Gala.
“Whether through the quality and breadth of our clinical care or the variety of wellness programs we offer throughout the region, Tidelands Health is committed to making a positive impact on the communities we serve,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “This award is an affirmation we’re achieving that goal.”
Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider, offering more than 50 care locations that extend from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach. In fiscal 2017, there were nearly 12,000 admissions to Tidelands Health hospitals, nearly 435,000 visits to outpatient providers and more than 65,000 visits to Tidelands Health emergency departments.
In addition to the thousands of people who benefit from the health system’s clinical care each year, many others are positively impacted by services and programs designed to prevent illness and promote wellness.
For example, the health system regularly provides classes, screenings and events, such as health fairs and grocery store tours. Its free, monthly walking program, called Walk With a Doc, regularly attracts dozens of people to The Market Common community of Myrtle Beach.
Tidelands Health also works with local businesses and industry through the Tidelands Works program, which connects employees with resources such as blood-pressure screenings, health information, lunch-and-learn sessions and more.
Meanwhile, the health system’s Healthy Conversations series offers local communities the opportunity to hear directly from Tidelands Health experts.
“Achieving our mission requires that we reach outside the walls of our care locations to support health and wellness where people live and work,” Bailey said. “We don’t want to just treat injury and disease. We want to help prevent it.”
One of the most recent developments in the health system’s efforts to support community well-being was the launch last year of the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program. The program was designed to help attract new primary care doctors to the area to help support the region’s growing population.
Tidelands Health is also a strong supporter of local organizations and worthwhile projects and a major contributor to the region’s economic health.
The health system provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind contributions to charities, not-for-profit organizations and schools in Georgetown and Horry counties every year.
Meanwhile, a study by Coastal Carolina University found the health system generates more than $500 million in economic impact annually.