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Published on January 31, 2018

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earns recognition for care of mothers and infants 

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital’s childbirth program has been recognized once more as a leader in best practices for the care of mothers and infants.

The program has earned recertification as a Childbirth Center of Excellence by The Joint Commission, a prestigious designation that carries the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval.

“We’re honored to have earned this recertification,” said Beth Marion, clinical director of women and children’s services. “Our labor and delivery team works hard to deliver safe, quality care to new moms and infants, and this certification demonstrates we are achieving our goal. It makes a powerful statement to our community that Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital strives to maintain the highest standards of care.”Baby in her mother's arms

Criteria for achieving a Joint Commission disease-specific certification are based on a program’s ability to demonstrate the use of clinical practice guidelines, collect and submit data on specific performance indicators and demonstrate evidence-based practices in the delivery of care to a certain patient population.

Tidelands Waccamaw first earned certification in 2013. At that time, the hospital was the first in South Carolina and one of only eight hospitals nationwide to have earned certification.

The recertification is one of several recognitions for Tidelands Waccamaw women and children’s services. The hospital was the first in South Carolina to earn the Baby-Friendly designation, a prestigious international award that recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal care for mothers and their babies.

Established in 1951, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties. With three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is helping people across the Tidelands region live better lives through better health.