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Published on March 17, 2017

Tidelands Waccamaw recognized for superior nursing culture

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has again earned prestigious recognition as a top hospital for nurses.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, a division of the American Nurses Association, has reaffirmed Tidelands Waccamaw’s Pathway to Excellence designation. To qualify, the hospital had to meet 12 standards that demonstrate its commitment to an ideal nursing environment.

Tidelands Waccamaw first earned the Pathway designation in 2014 and was joined by Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital in 2015. They are among only 146 hospitals across the nation, and five in South Carolina, to earn the designation. It is awarded for three years, subject to re-designation.

“Pathway to Excellence recognizes our hospitals for creating excellent work environments for our nurses and for nurturing a culture where nurses are motivated to achieve the highest standards in patient care,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Tidelands Health. “Our nurses are part of a team that values communication and teamwork and goes above and beyond for patients.”

The effort to earn re-designation was led by Jonella Davis, clinical director of medical surgical nursing at Tidelands Waccamaw. Davis stressed that an organization can only earn the designation following an independently administered, confidential survey of its nurses. Nurses must agree the organization is committed to achieving a superior workplace.

“Our organization, through shared governance and leadership, supports nurses’ independent thought,” Davis said. “The openness helps ensure we are meeting the needs of our nurses and the patients we serve.”

That commitment to transparency and high-quality care has led to a wide variety of awards and recognitions for the hospital.

For example, Carechex ranked Tidelands Waccamaw in the Top 10 percent in the nation, the state and the region, and No. 1 in the market, for overall medical excellence in medical care for 2017.

The hospital has also earned the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades for six consecutive years, ranking in the Top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for providing patients with an outstanding experience.


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