McLeod Health and Loris Community Healthcare System are extremely pleased with the public vote of confidence and outpouring of support from the community on the Healthcare Services Referendum on Tuesday, November 1. An overwhelming 85 percent of voters passed the Referendum for Healthcare Services.
We are most appreciative of the dedication and hard work on behalf of the Citizens’ for Better Healthcare Services Committee to promote this effort. Composed of residents from the Loris, North Myrtle Beach, Green Sea, Little River and Nichols communities, the Committee worked diligently for several months to communicate the issues involved in the referendum. Working together for patients and families, we are stronger.
Loris has over a decade-long relationship with McLeod Health. These hospitals share the same philosophy of quality patient care and are inspired by beloved local physicians. Over and over again at fall festivals, in community groups and meetings, patients and families spoke of their personal experience with McLeod Health physicians and staff and of your commitment to the patients we serve.
These positive relationships created the opportunity to merge both organizations. These positive relationships, based on your service to others, created this opportunity to receive such a mandate in this referendum vote. Working together, we are stronger.
McLeod Health, Loris and Seacoast continue to share a not-for-profit mission and focus on providing the best possible health care services to patients. Loris and Seacoast will retain a local governing board and local foundation, with continued involvement and leadership. The McLeod Health Board will expand to include three additional Board members from Horry county.
Loris Community Healthcare System provides care for residents of northern Horry and southern Brunswick and Columbus counties. Founded in 1950, Loris Community Hospital is a fully-accredited acute care facility with 105 licensed beds. Seacoast Medical Center opened in 2000 as an outpatient facility. In July 2011, Seacoast Medical Center began providing inpatient care as a 50-bed hospital. Other facilities affiliated with Loris Healthcare System are Family Health Centers in Loris and Green Sea, Loris Extended Care Center and the Center for Health and Fitness. Loris Healthcare System also operates a network of physician practices and has more than 120 physicians on active and affiliate medical staff. Loris Healthcare System has nearly 750 employees.
With the passing of the referendum Tuesday, we will continue to work together for better healthcare services and better value in the communities we serve. Both organizations and their staffs will benefit from working together. Our patients deserve the best healthcare services and the appropriate timing is now. Our communities are growing and this partnership is a way to provide these services to all patients in the area.
We have some challenges ahead, as with any new opportunity for growth and service. Thank you for your service and continued dedication to improve the quality of life for others.
See Myrtle Beach Sun News article below: http://www.thesunnews.com/2011/11/01/v-print/2476934/hospital-referendum-gets-early.html