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Published on March 21, 2017

Tidelands Waccamaw a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital is one of the nation’s Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals.

The recognition comes from iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health, which rated hospitals based on eight pillars of hospital strength. Tidelands Waccamaw was the only hospital in South Carolina to earn the distinction for 2017.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition because it validates our commitment to providing the best health care possible to our community,” said Dr. Philip Dulberger, Tidelands Health chief medical officer and senior vice president of the Office of Transformation. “Our team works extremely hard every day to provide safe, effective and cost-efficient care to our patients.”Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital

To earn the recognition, Tidelands Waccamaw scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It measures hospitals based on outcomes, quality, patient perspectives, financial stability, inpatient share ranking, outpatient share ranking, cost and charge.

“Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based health care,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

Tidelands Waccamaw has repeatedly earned top 100 recognition for the quality of its overall and specialty care. In 2015, the hospital was named by The Leapfrog Group as one of 98 Top Hospitals and by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 best hospitals for orthopedic surgery. In 2016, Healthgrades named Tidelands Waccamaw one of America’s 100 best hospitals for prostate surgery.


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.