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Published on November 05, 2018

Tidelands HealthPoint, region’s only medical fitness center, celebrates 20 years of helping people improve their health and wellness

The region’s only medical fitness center is celebrating 20 years of helping people live better lives through better health.

Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness in Pawleys Island began serving the community in November 1998. The medical fitness center differs from traditional gyms and fitness centers because of its focus on helping people manage their overall health instead of just their weight or physique.

In addition to 40,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, day spa facilities, an indoor lap pool, exercise pool and meeting space, the center also offers Stronger Through Movement, a physician-prescribed exercise program for those living with health challenges; a clinical conditioning program that helps people recover from heart disease, cancer and other illnesses; and an on-site Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Services clinic that offers a broad range of physical therapy services.Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness

Tidelands HealthPoint is staffed by exercise physiologists who hold college degrees in exercise science and are specially trained to help members achieve their fitness goals.

“Many things have changed during the 20 years Tidelands HealthPoint has served the community, but we remain rooted in our commitment to help people improve their health and wellness,” said Kim Vanlandingham, operations manager for the facility. “Regardless of where you are on your health and wellness journey, you’re welcome to join the family at Tidelands HealthPoint.”

Because Tidelands HealthPoint is integrated into Tidelands Health, the region’s largest health care provider, there’s tremendous continuity between the center and the health system’s inpatient and outpatient providers, said John LaRochelle, vice president of operations for the health system.

“The team at Tidelands HealthPoint works closely with Tidelands Health physicians and other providers to coordinate care,” LaRochelle said. “That kind of strong communication is important to health outcomes.”

To help support members’ health and fitness goals, the center offers personal training and a broad range of exercise classes and aquatics programming. Child care and children’s programing, such as swim lessons and summer camps, are also available.

One of Tidelands HealthPoint’s top priorities is to help people stay active by making exercising fun and by encouraging people to come to the center through engaging programming, Vanlandingham said. That’s why, as part of the center’s 20th anniversary celebration, it brought back programs such as “Football Frenzy,” which tests members’ NFL football knowledge each time they come to the center, and “FriendsGiving,” which encourages people to bring a guest to a water aerobics class to be entered into a prize drawing. Participating guests can enter a separate drawing for a chance to win 50 percent off the center’s enrollment fee upon becoming a member.

“We are extremely proud of our tremendous facilities and the breadth of expertise on our team,” Vanlandingham said. “But perhaps the most important thing we offer is a supportive culture built around respect and encouragement.”

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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.