Tidelands Health to build 65,000-square-foot medical park in Myrtle Beach
Tidelands Health, the region’s largest health care provider, will construct a $44 million medical park in Myrtle Beach to support Horry County’s growing need for high-quality health care.
Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common is the not-for-profit health system’s single largest community investment since the construction of Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet in 2002. The new medical park is one of multiple new locations planned to respond to Horry County’s population growth.
Since 2010, the county’s population has increased by more than 50,000 people, or approximately 20 percent, according to U.S. Census figures.
“An ever-increasing population means an increased need for high-quality medical care,” said Bruce Bailey, the health system’s president and CEO. “As a not-for-profit organization focused on our region’s health and wellness, we are committed to investing our dollars in the facilities, technologies and professionals needed to care for the people of our community.”
The three-story, 65,000-square-foot medical park will employ at least 100 people and provide multiple physician offices, physical therapy, pain management, laboratory services and more. Approximately 75,000 people live within five miles of the site.
The new medical park is one of many ways Tidelands Health is responding to the region’s growth.
The health system recently welcomed the charter class of residents to the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, a three-year program that provides training for newly degreed physicians. The residents and the program’s faculty members will deliver patient care at the new Tidelands Health Medical Park at Holmestown Road, which is slated to open in October.
Tidelands Health has also announced plans to partner with HealthSouth Corp. for the construction of a new, 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Little River. Construction on that project is expected to begin later this year.
“Our health system was founded nearly 70 years ago by community-minded volunteers who recognized the importance of ready access to quality medical care,” said H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “Although we’ve grown substantially since those early days, our values remain unchanged.
“Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common embodies our commitment to help people live better lives through better health.”
The new medical park has been designed to integrate into the community. It will feature an elegant brick and glass exterior highlighted by two cupolas. Landscaping will add beauty and create a natural sound and sight barrier to adjacent properties.