For more than a half-century, residents of Georgetown and surrounding South Carolina counties have received healthcare services provided by a dynamic, progressive not-for-profit organization known regionally today as Georgetown Hospital System. At Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Waccamaw Community Hospital, our trained professionals adopt a team approach in providing care for you and your family. Whether you are having outpatient testing or are an inpatient, a skilled, caring interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers coordinates the evaluation and administration of your care and treatment. We work hard to make the experience at one of our hospitals as comfortable and convenient as possible... both for our patients and for their family members.
Growth - in terms of facilities, medical staff, services and employees - has been at the core of Georgetown Hospital System's development. When it opened in 1950, Georgetown Memorial Hospital had 54 beds and a 14-member medical staff. Through the years, beds were added as services and medical staff increased. Today, Georgetown Memorial Hospital has 131 patient beds, and is a full service facility that includes ICU and Step-Down beds, a Cardiac Cath Lab, Endoscopy, Surgical Services, Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics and several telemetry-equipped medical-surgical nursing units.
In 2002, Georgetown Hospital System opened its second hospital, Waccamaw Community Hospital, to meet the needs of the county's rapidly growing northern service area just south of Myrtle Beach, one of the state's best-known tourist meccas.
Waccamaw Community Hospital, located in Murrells Inlet, recently completed a major expansion adding 56 medical/surgical and acute inpatient rehabilitation beds for a facility total of 167 beds. In Spring 2013 a new Surgery Pavilion opened its doors to patients. The 24,000-square-foot facility includes eight operating rooms, 14 recovery beds, 12 outpatient beds and two endoscopy rooms. Waccamaw Rehabilitation Center, located on the facility's third and fourth floors includes 43 acute inpatient rehab beds.
In 2004, Georgetown Hospital System opened a $10 million cancer treatment center in Georgetown. Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center offers local cancer patients the opportunity to receive both chemotherapy and radiation therapy without being forced to leave the county. The project was undertaken as a joint effort with Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) well-known Hollings Cancer Center.
An advanced Imaging Center at Waccamaw Medical Park - East located in Murrells Inlet across from Waccamaw Community Hospital offers state of the art open MRI and breast imaging capabilities. A Breast Health Center within the building offers a variety of imaging capabilities designed for routine breast screening and diagnostic purposes, including MRI Breast Coil technology that provides technologists with breast specific MRI capabilities and stereotactic breast biopsy services. In addition, a complete educational resources library is available at the center. The Breast Health Center offers digital mammography for a first time to women in Horry and Georgetown counties.
Also located at Waccamaw Medical Park - East, NextStep Wound Healing Center was added to the NextStep Rehabilitation Services family of programs in 2006. Our NextStep Wound Healing Center takes a multi-disciplinary approach to wound management and offers comprehensive treatments using leading edge techniques such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO).
In early 2012, Georgetown Hospital System expanded the Waccamaw Community Hospital campus to include a new 90,000 square foot medical office building. The new facility, Waccamaw Medical Park – West includes physician offices, an endoscopy suite, NextStep Rehabilitation Services, NextStep Pain Management Center, and NextStep Neuro Rehabilitation Center which includes MUSC Health neurosurgeons.
The Georgetown Hospital Family also includes a variety of other services located at sites throughout Georgetown County and surrounding areas:
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