A presentation and ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, a freestanding, 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, was held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at 100 Water Grande Blvd. in Little River (located within the Bridgewater Community).
Remarks were delivered by Carey Swanson, CEO of Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital; Bruce Bailey, president and CEO, Tidelands Health; Mark Tarr, president and CEO, Encompass Health Corp.; Catherine Behanna, former patient; and J. Edward Norris III, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. Attendance at the ribbon cutting was by invitation only.
The 52,081 square foot freestanding hospital will provide care to residents from Horry County and the surrounding communities. The hospital team will offer inpatient rehabilitation services and higher medical management for patients recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, hip fractures, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and complex orthopedic conditions.
Patients will benefit from at least three hours per day of therapy five days each week, round-the-clock nursing care, access to advanced technologies and frequent visits by an attending physician during their stay.
The hospital includes private patient rooms, a spacious therapy gym, an in-house pharmacy, courtyard, dining room and dayroom areas.
Care through the new hospital began on Monday, May 20.