Tidelands Health welcomes new associate vice president of human resources
Tidelands Health is adding additional expertise to its human resources department as the health system expands to meet the region’s growing health care needs.
Jeremy Stephens is the new associate vice president of human resources operations for Tidelands Health. In the position, Stephens will provide day-to-day leadership of the health system’s human resources functions, including recruiting, staffing and compensation.
“With more than 20 years of experience in human resources, Jeremy brings a diverse skill set and wealth of knowledge to Tidelands Health,” said Jan Harper, the health system’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “He understands the critical role recruitment and retention play in providing the high-quality care our region expects.”
Stephens has a diverse background that includes service in the health care, government and corporate sectors. He was most recently employed as senior director of human resources for clinical operations at the University of Michigan Health System and as vice president and chief human resources officer for St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital in Chelsea, Michigan. Before joining St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital, Stephens served as director of human resources for the state of Michigan.
He holds a master’s degree in human resource management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from Central Michigan University.
“It’s not often you get the chance to work for an organization with such a strong dedication to the community,” Stephens said. “From my first interaction with the team, it was clear Tidelands Health is deeply committed to help people live better lives through better health.”
Stephens will serve an important role as Tidelands Health moves ahead with plans to expand in response to the region’s population growth, Harper said. Among his functions, he’ll help lead efforts to attract talent to new locations offered by the health system.
For example, Tidelands Health plans to employ at least 100 people at the new Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common, a major project underway in Horry County. The three-story, 65,000-square-foot medical park will provide multiple physician offices, physical therapy, pain management, laboratory services and more.
“Human capital is the most important investment we can make,” Harper said. “New buildings and equipment mean little without the right people providing care and support to our patients.”