On Monday, April 6, Georgetown Hospital System will become Tidelands Health. The new name, announced in December, reflects the not-for-profit health care system’s commitment to the health and wellness of people throughout the Tidelands area.
“For 65 years, our organization has provided quality, compassionate health care to our region,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “Over the years, we’ve grown and transformed from one community hospital into the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties.
“The adoption of the Tidelands Health name heralds the arrival of a new era in health care for our community and for our vibrant health system of more than 2,000 dedicated, caring professionals. Our new name unites our nearly 50 care locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, and it clearly communicates our dedication to the health and wellness of everyone who calls the Tidelands region home.”
From one hospital built in 1950 in Georgetown, Tidelands Health has grown to include three hospitals and more than 40 outpatient care locations. The health system has earned a national reputation as a leader in the delivery of superior community health care services.
- Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital is an advanced primary stroke center, has earned Joint Commission certification in both joint replacement and childbirth and is a designated baby-friendly hospital. Tidelands Waccamaw has also been rated one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery in 2015 by Healthgrades.
- Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital is an accredited chest pain center, an advanced primary stroke center and a designated baby-friendly hospital. Tidelands Georgetown has also earned Joint Commission certification for joint replacement.
- Tidelands Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital is the region’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Located inside Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, the “hospital within a hospital” is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, with special recognition for its stroke care and amputee care programs.
- Tidelands NextStep Rehabilitation Services is the region’s largest provider of physical, speech and occupational therapy, delivering care at a dozen locations in Georgetown and Horry counties.
- Tidelands Health Group is Tideland Health’s network of patient-centered primary and specialty care physicians. With nearly 40 physician partners specializing in services ranging from primary care and internal medicine to orthopedics, oncology, dermatology and gastroenterology, Tidelands Health Group helps ensure residents of the Tidelands region have access to high-quality physician care close to home.
- Tidelands Community Care Network is a communitywide public-private partnership dedicated to increasing access to health care and other essential services for the medically underserved and uninsured. In recognition of its service to the region, Tidelands Community Care Network has been honored as Program of Promise by the national Hospital Charitable Service Awards program.
“In every Tidelands Health location, we’re guided by our core purpose: Better health begins here,” Bailey said. “That’s a commitment to our region that superior health care – from leading technologies and experienced medical professionals to state-of-the-art facilities and advanced programs -- will be available right here at home where and when you need it most.
“But the delivery of health care is no longer just about patients coming in to our hospitals. It’s about us reaching out to our communities. Whether it’s a community education session, a regional health screening, a guided grocery store tour or a fitness class, Tidelands Health will be our community’s partner in better health and, ultimately, a better quality of life for all of us who call the Tidelands region home.”
The organization has not been sold, and the name change will have no impact on clinical services, business transactions, patients’ insurance coverage or health records. The health system will continue to be guided by a volunteer board of trustees, and the same team of caring physicians, nurses and other health care professional will continue to care for patients.
“We’re very proud of our heritage and excited about our future,” said H. McRoy Skipper Jr., chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “Our organization began more than 60 years ago, thanks to leaders who wanted a hospital where residents could get quality care close to home. As our community has grown, so have our services, and the Tidelands Health name and logo are a visible assurance to patients that quality care is available right here at home.”
The decision to rename the organization was led by the health system’s community board members, who carefully researched and considered the matter for months. The name “Tidelands” was chosen to reflect the broad geographic area served by the organization, which draws patients from not only Georgetown and Horry counties but also Williamsburg and Charleston counties. “Health” was selected to emphasize the organization’s emphasis on health care, wellness and prevention.
In tribute to the health system’s proud heritage and storied history, the original “cross” shape of the logo mark was retained. The cross in the new logo features ribbons of teal and blue representing the region’s waterways, as well as a rising sun to symbolize transformation.
In connection with the name change, Tidelands Health is unveiling a new website. For more information about Tidelands Health and its physicians, facilities and services, visit tidelandshealth.org.