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Published on March 14, 2018

Tidelands Health nurses receive statewide recognition for excellence

Four Tidelands Health nurses have received statewide recognition for excellence in nursing and their commitment to the profession.

Nurses Susan Follrod, Susan McAfee, Danette Miller and Cassandra Minzler are among 100 nurses from across the state to earn the prestigious 2018 Palmetto Gold award. It is conferred by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation to recognize registered nurses who demonstrate professional excellence and leadership. Each recipient will be recognized during a gala on Saturday, April 21, in Columbia.Tidelands Health nurses who won the 2018 Palmetto Gold

“These four nurses exemplify the very best qualities of the nursing profession, and I congratulate them for receiving this honor,” said Pam Maxwell, Tidelands Health senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “They are among many at Tidelands Health who go above and beyond every day to deliver outstanding, compassionate care to our patients.”

Follrod, a nurse on 3 East at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, was recognized for mentoring and inspiring new nurses and for her role helping the hospital achieve the national Pathway to Excellence designation. The Pathway designation is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to an ideal nursing environment.

McAfee, an education specialist in organizational development within the health system, was honored for her leadership and teamwork in stroke treatment and sepsis compliance, as well as her leadership in the community.

Miller, director of Tidelands NextStep Wound Healing and Infusion Services, was honored for her leadership and management skills, her willingness to mentor and help co-workers and her community service.

Minzler, a perinatal clinical safety specialist on 2 West at Tidelands Waccamaw, was recognized for her commitment to ongoing education, for delivering evidence-based care to new mothers and for community service.


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.