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Published on April 13, 2017

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earns fourth consecutive “A” rating for patient safety

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has earned a fourth consecutive “A” rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that evaluates hospitals across the country.

Tidelands Waccamaw was one of only 18 hospitals in South Carolina to earn the rating, which is based on the hospital’s rate of errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group rates hospitals twice per year in an effort to give consumers information they can use to educate themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Leapfrog’s most recent grades were released Wednesday.

“The consistently high marks awarded to Tidelands Waccamaw reflect well on the hospital’s culture of excellence and commitment to patients,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Tidelands Health. “The entire team at the hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality medical care in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.”

The Leapfrog Group assigned safety grades to more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. Tidelands Waccamaw was one of only 843 hospitals to earn an A grade.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ safety grade.”


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 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.