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Published on March 08, 2022

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital earns ‘High Performing’ ratings from U.S. News & World Report

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has earned recognition as a “High Performing” hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report.

Exterior of Tidelands Waccamaw Community HospitalThe Murrells Inlet hospital was rated “High Performing” in the care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure and knee replacement for 2021-22. That “High Performing” rating - the highest U.S. News awards for those types of medical procedures and conditions - recognizes the level of care provided was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes.

“These impressive ratings are a testament to the high-quality care our team provides patients every day,” said Ashley Capps, vice president of nursing and operations at Tidelands Health. “U.S. News & World Report is a trusted source patients can rely on as they make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families.”

For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 17 procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help each patient pick the right hospital for the type of care they need,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Hospitals faced incredible challenges this past year, and the best of them have provided great care throughout the pandemic and continue to offer excellent care today.”

The annual ratings, in their seventh year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures.

The U.S. News methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators. The ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts.


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.