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Published on July 01, 2020

Community’s COVID-19 response, peaceful protest earn Pawleys Island recognition as ‘The Nicest Place in South Carolina’ by Reader’s Digest

Like communities across the nation and world, the people of Pawleys Island have grappled with two crises in recent weeks – the COVID-19 pandemic and the virus of racial injustice.

Stacks of hand-written thank you notes to Tidelands Health team members from Pawleys Island Community ChurchThe unity and kindness with which Pawleys Island has responded to both has earned the town recognition as “The Nicest Place in South Carolina” by Reader’s Digest. Pawleys Island is now one of 50 finalists – one from each state -- for The Nicest Place in America, which will be selected by the venerable magazine later this year.

The Reader’s Digest article recognizing Pawleys Island can be viewed at The publication highlights the generosity of Pawleys Island Community Church members who showered Tidelands Health team members with more than 1,800 cards of encouragement early in the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the efforts of 15-year-old high school student Eileen Carter and Georgetown County Sheriff Carter Weaver, who walked in solidarity at two community marches in early June calling for racial justice. Tidelands Health provided hand sanitizer and face masks for hundreds of people who participated in the second march.

“Our region is known not only for its natural beauty but also for the beauty of the people who call this place home,” said Pam Maxwell, Tidelands Health’s chief nursing officer. “Our Tidelands Health team has been uplifted over and over again by the outpouring of support from our community as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

“We are so thankful to the members of Pawleys Island Community Church and to everyone who continues to encourage our health care team. With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spiking in our region, we remain sustained by our community’s kindness.”

People can show their support for Pawleys Island in two ways as Reader’s Digest makes its final selection for The Nicest Place in America. The first is by clicking on the “applause” symbol accompanying the article. There is no limit to how many times a person may applaud. Individuals may also submit a comment of support on the website. Again, the article can be viewed at


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.