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Georgetown Hospital Systems is now Tidelands Health.
Georgetown Hospital Systems is now Tidelands Health. For The Sun News

Grand Strand residents may have noticed changes at some local hospitals this year.

At Conway Medical Center, the need for additional space led center officials to close the hospital’s wellness center, which had 1,400 members.

Farther south, the Georgetown Hospital System was renamed Tidelands Health. The goal of that change was to represent the broader area the hospital serves, including Horry, Williamsburg and Charleston counties.

Each health care provider had its own reasons for the moves.

In CMC’s case, hospital officials said the main issue was space.

The former fitness center has been renamed the Rehabilitation Services Building and houses cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services as well as physical therapy, said Julie Rajotte, marketing director for CMC.

Initial plans called for moving the hospital’s laundry service to the center to make room for new operating suites, but that proposal proved too costly, she said. The hospital’s maintenance department, however, will move to the former fitness center, which closed on July 31.

Rajotte said most of the center’s members understood that the hospital needed additional space and building a new facility wasn’t an option.

She said that the wellness center was the only gym in an eight-mile radius when it opened, but now there are a half-dozen other facilities in the same radius. She said the medical center didn’t make a profit on the center and its rates were higher than at least some of the others in the area.

“Folks have accepted the change and see how this kind of move was an important move for the hospital,” she said. “Building a new building is not necessarily the least expensive way to go.”

With Tidelands Health, which officially changed its name in April, the brand covers the system’s three hospitals, two community cancer centers and more than 40 outpatient centers, hospital officials have said.

The group’s board of trustees wanted the name change to encompass the wide area the system serves.

Last year, Tidelands Health facilities had more than 220,000 outpatient visits, 61,000 emergency department visits and 13,000 inpatient visits. The system has nearly 300 licensed beds.

Along with the name change, the system debuted a new website,

Conway Medical Center

Where | 300 Singleton Ridge Road, Conway, SC

Contact | 843-347-7111

Well-known secrets | The nonprofit medical center has 210 inpatient beds; a 66-bed long-term care facility, Kingston Nursing Center; a 22-bed sub-acute care facility, Medstar. Employing more than 1,400, CMC is one of the county’s largest employers.

What’s new | The need for additional space led center officials to close the hospital’s wellness center, which had 1,400 members.

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center

Where | 809 82nd Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC

Contact | 843-692-1000

Well-known secrets | It has 269 beds and is certified as a Level 2 trauma center. It has the only cardiac surgery program in Horry and Georgetown counties and is ranked No. 1 in South Carolina for cardiac surgery by Healthgrades, 2009-2013. The hospital treats nearly 80,000 emergency patients annually.

What’s new | Grand Strand Medical Center and the University of South Carolina have teamed up to bring the area medical students. Under the partnership, students who have completed their first two years of medical education at USC will have the opportunity to do at least some of their residency work at Grand Strand.

South Strand Medical Center

Where | 5050 U.S. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC

Contact | 843-839-1000

Well-known secrets | The South Strand Medical Center, a department of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, has a 24-hour emergency department with pediatric rooms; radiology, including digital mammography, MRI, CT/PET scanning; laboratory; cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and an on-campus medical office.

McLeod Loris

Where | 3655 Mitchell St., Loris

Contact | 843-716-7000

What’s new | McLeod Health now manages both Loris Community Hospital and McLeod Loris Seacoast Hospital. It’s a 105-bed hospital with diagnostic services that include a 64-slice CT scanner, digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and cardiac catheterization lab. McLeod Loris specializes in general and orthopedic surgeries, women’s services, emergency care, critical care, cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, and physical/occupational/speech therapies. The hospital has more than 120 physicians on active and affiliate medical staff representing more than 32 specialties.

McLeod Seacoast Hospital

Where | 4000 S.C. 9 E., Little River

Contact | 843-390-8100

What’s new | McLeod Loris Seacoast Hospital welcomed a new vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer in late October 2014, Dr. John Charles. Charles joined McLeod Loris Seacoast with more than 11 years experience providing administrative and medical leadership in decisions affecting programs, practices and medical staff.

Tidelands Health

Well-known secrets | It is the largest employer in Georgetown County with more than 1,700 employees. In 2014, the system’s facilities had more than 220,000 outpatient visits, 61,000 emergency department visits and 13,000 inpatient visits. It has 298 licensed beds, the hospital system said.

Where | Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, 606 Black River Road, Georgetown; Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, 4070 U.S. 17 Bypass and Riverwood Drive, Murrells Inlet

Contact | 843-527-7000, 843-652-1000,

Brunswick Novant Medical Center

Where | 240 Hospital Drive NE, Bolivia NC

Contact | 910-721-1000;

Well-known secrets | Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center provides emergency services, maternity care, surgery, outpatient diagnostic testing and other community healthcare programs. The hospital features 74 all-private patient rooms as well as five operating rooms, a staff of nearly 200 physicians and specialists, 450 employees and 150 volunteers.

Dosher Memorial Hospital

Where | 924 N. Howe St., Southport, NC

Contact | 910-457-3800,

Well-known secrets | Dosher has a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient and outpatient surgeries and procedures, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary/respiratory therapy, diabetes and nutritional education, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, lumphedema management, physical and occupational therapies, speech therapy, and a skilled nursing center. The year 2015 marks the hospital’s 85th year. It has 25 inpatient beds and 64 licensed skilled nursing center beds.