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Four hospitals in Horry and Georgetown counties received top ratings for procedures and conditions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 Best Hospitals report.The report was released on Au...
Four hospitals in Horry and Georgetown counties received top ratings for procedures and conditions in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 Best Hospitals report.
The report was released on Aug. 1, alongside a ranking for the top hospitals in the nation, plus the best hospitals in each state and metro area.
The ratings for procedures and conditions evaluated hospitals on how well they perform a certain procedure or treatment of a condition with the full range of patients, according to the report’s methodology. The rating focused on commonly required individual procedures, such as hip replacement, rather than broader specialties like orthopedics.
The hospitals that were rated were put into three categories: high performing, average, and below average.
A few area hospitals did receive a “below average” rating on some conditions and procedures. A below average rating is based on indicators such as survival, discharging patients directly to home, readmission prevention, number of nurses and whether or not the hospital shared cardiology data through the American College of Cardiology or the American Heart Association.
Grand Strand Regional Medical Center earned 10 “high performing” ratings for procedures and conditions. Here’s what specific conditions and procedures the hospital was rated highly on.
The hospital also earned a “below average” score in the areas of leukemia, lymphoma and Myeloma because of a low percentage of staff who received a timely influenza vaccine, according to the report.
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital earned “high performing” ratings in four areas of treatment.
Tidelands Georgetown earned a high performing ranking in heart attack care and treatment as well.
“Earning recognition by U.S. News & World Report is a testament to the care our team provides every day,” said Ashley Capps, vice president of operations and chief nursing officer in a press release sent Aug. 1.
Conway Medical Center received three high performing ratings for three treatments.
The hospital received two below average ratings as well — in colon cancer surgery and heart attacks.
For colon cancer surgery, the below average score was based on a low number of patients, according to U.S. News.
For heart attacks, the low rating was due to a poor survival rate and because Conway Medical Center did not disclose cardiology information.
Mcleod Loris Seacoast Hospital earned four high performing ratings in:
The hospital also received one below average rating in the area of heart attacks. According to U.S. News’ report, it earned this rating because it had a worse than average survival rate and did not share cardiology data with the American Heart Association or the American College of Cardiology.
To view the full rankings, click here or go to health.usnews.com.
This story was originally published August 1, 2023, 1:21 PM.
According to a report from the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, in the early morning of April 12, his car was involved in a high-speed chase.GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Family, friends and law enforcement officials continue their search for a missing Georgetown County man.Daniel Altman was last seen on April 11.According to a report from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, in the early morning of April 12, his car was involved in a high-speed chase.After running the car’s plates to confirm ...
According to a report from the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, in the early morning of April 12, his car was involved in a high-speed chase.
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Family, friends and law enforcement officials continue their search for a missing Georgetown County man.
Daniel Altman was last seen on April 11.
According to a report from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, in the early morning of April 12, his car was involved in a high-speed chase.
After running the car’s plates to confirm the car was stolen, deputies attempted a traffic stop but the driver did not pull over, according to the report. A pursuit then took place, reaching speeds of 115 mph.
The report states the chase ended when the driver pulled into the backyard of a private residence.
The passenger of the car, Javon Chattine, fled from the car, running into the woods, according to the report. He was caught and placed under arrest.
The driver of the car, Serenity Jackson, did not flee and was transported to Georgetown County Detention Center and was charged with a DUI along with other charges.
Daniel was not in the car and is still missing, and deputies said they have not determined how the suspects in the chase got ahold of Daniel’s car.
Daniel’s sister, Caroline Altman, said right now the family is in fight-or-flight mode. She said their main focus is finding Daniel.
“We just want someone that knows something to say something,” Caroline said.
Caroline said Daniel is the type of person that would go out of his way to help anyone else. She said if you needed help with anything, you could call Daniel and he will be there.
“Daniel wouldn’t quit on me, and he wouldn’t quit on any of his friends, so we aren’t going to quit on him,” Caroline said.
Now, Daniel’s family and his friends want answers.
Caroline said finding out Daniel’s car was involved in a high-speed chase was very concerning for their family because they have no connection to the suspects in the case.
She said Daniel worked hard for that car- saving money from a young age.
“Daniel would not willingly give someone his car,” Caroline said.
Daniel works at Texas Roadhouse and would get off late at night. She said on the night of April 10, he said he was headed to Kingstree to meet a woman.
But she said she doesn’t know anyone in Kingstree, and that Daniel did not normally hang out there or have friends in that area.
“We know that Daniel wouldn’t run away. He has a house, a job, a car, a job. He wouldn’t just leave all these things behind and not say anything to us or his friends,” Caroline said.
She said she has no idea where her little brother is and would give anything to hear him call her ‘sissy’ again.
“It’s just heartbreaking to think that I may never hear him say that again,” Caroline said.
Anyone who knows anything is asked to call the Georgetown County Sheriff’s office at 843-546-5102.
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GEORGETOWN — A group of Georgetown property owners filed a lawsuit against the city on June 1 that accuses current and former officials of pursuing a gentrification campaign to force poor residents out of the West End neighborhood.The lawsuit alleges city officials enacted “several overreaching ordinances” and made decisions based on “ordinances that do not exist or are enforced in an overreaching and offensive manner.”The plaintiffs contend the city’s intent is to remake the demographics of ...
GEORGETOWN — A group of Georgetown property owners filed a lawsuit against the city on June 1 that accuses current and former officials of pursuing a gentrification campaign to force poor residents out of the West End neighborhood.
The lawsuit alleges city officials enacted “several overreaching ordinances” and made decisions based on “ordinances that do not exist or are enforced in an overreaching and offensive manner.”
The plaintiffs contend the city’s intent is to remake the demographics of the historically Black West End community.
“The City of Georgetown began a Gentrification of the West End of the City of Georgetown in the early 2000’s,” the lawsuit states. “As a result of that gentrification, many of the residents in the West End of the City were denied property rights, had their property destroyed and were subjected to deprivation of their constitutional rights under the Constitution of the United States and South Carolina.”
The city’s West End “used to be integrated,” the lawsuit states, adding that the city intends for “wealthier residents (to) take over and expel the poor people of color.”
The plaintiffs in the case are Tony Vanderhorst, Evelyn McCray and Willie Singleton. Each is described in court records as a Georgetown County resident who owns land within the city limits.
“The Plaintiff, Singleton specifically, has spoken out against the City for its violations of his rights and the rights of others in the City [as it] moves forward with retaliation for exercising his right to free speech,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. McCray and Mr. Vanderhorst have had their property rights interfered with by the City through its City Council and the Building Officials.”
The lawsuit names 15 defendants: the city of Georgetown, former Mayor Brendon Barber and incumbent Mayor Carol Jayroe, all six members of the Georgetown City Council, former Georgetown City Council members Tupelo Humes and Al Joseph, City Administrator Sandra Yúdice, interim City Director of Planning and Community Development Robert Cox, former City Zoning and Building Administrator Rick Martin and building official Ryan Call.
The lawsuit states that Vanderhorst, in attempting to relocate a mobile home from North Charleston to Winyah Street in Georgetown in 2022, was confronted by “issues created by the City in order to gentrify the West End and harm the owners of the property to eliminate their ability to use their property in violation of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of South Carolina.”
The lawsuit alleges that Call required Vanderhorst to provide unnecessary information after issuing a stop work order that was “unwarranted.”
McCray alleged in the lawsuit that a requirement by Call that she obtain an engineer’s report for the floor of a kitchen trailer cost her “several thousand dollars” despite not being required by law.
″(T)he City’s intent is to eliminate all trailers on the West End in their gentrification scheme to improve the city and eliminate the poor community,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit further alleges that Cox has allowed Call to work as a building official without proper licensing and that Cox holds a conflict of interest by working as a city official and a “commercial consultant pulling building permits under his company.”
Singleton filed a complaint with the S.C. Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation in February that accused Cox of lending his license to Call, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit deems Call’s actions similar to those of Martin, who allegedly “interfered with the rights of the Plaintiffs” until he permanently surrendered his license to work as a building official in South Carolina in November 2022. Martin surrendered his license in lieu of a disciplinary hearing after a complaint of “professional misconduct” was made against him to the S.C. Building Codes Council.
Georgetown City Public Information Officer Cindy Thompson said the city had not been served as of the early afternoon of June 6 and therefore had not been able to review the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs are seeking damages in the lawsuit, as well as attorney fees and for the defendants to “cease and desist their harassment and deprivation of rights.”
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WPDE) — Fresh off of plans to expand work at the LIBERTY Steel plant in Georgetown, mill owners appear to be preparing to sell the plant to a partnering company.READ MORE: Liberty Steel announces growth plan for Georgetown Mill with roughly 40 new jobsInfraBuild announced on May 29 the closing of a $350 mil...
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WPDE) — Fresh off of plans to expand work at the LIBERTY Steel plant in Georgetown, mill owners appear to be preparing to sell the plant to a partnering company.
InfraBuild announced on May 29 the closing of a $350 million Asset-Backed Term Loan, the proceeds of which will enable the business to pursue 'growth objectives' that include its potential acquisition of steel assets in the United States currently owned by GFG Alliance.
According to a press release, InfraBuild is Australia's largest vertically integrated steel long manufacturer with recycling, manufacturing, and distribution operations across the country. It is a business unit of the United Kingdom-based GFG Alliance.
Jefferies LLC acted as the sole arranger on the Asset-Backed Term Loan, which was led by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock and Silver Point Finance.
InfraBuild Interim CEO and Managing Director Dak Patel said:
This financing provides strategic capital to InfraBuild, which will enable us to continue to grow our business and service a customer base which spans the infrastructure, commercial and residential construction, agriculture and mining markets.
"The business has continued to perform strongly throughout this financial year and the Asset-Backed Term Loan provides us with capital to focus on strategic initiatives to strengthen operations and capitalise on the growing demand for lower carbon sustainable steel as we continue the momentum we've built in recent years."
According to a news release, the firm lists Peoria, Illinois-based Keystone Consolidated Industries (KCI) as a targeted asset, which operates an EAF melt shop, rolling mill, and wire mill in that city, as well as mesh manufacturing sites under the Engineered Wire Products name in Ohio and New Mexico.
Also on the potential shopping list is Johnstown Wire Technologies, which has plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the Liberty Steel plant in Georgetown.
GFG Alliance owner Sanjeev Gupta also sits on the board of directors for InfraBuild.
"It's basically an internal transaction," said a spokesperson for GFG Alliance and Liberty Steel USA. "It continues to do, the things we announced; the second shift, the mesh all of that stuff still moving forward. The public is not going to see anything different."
June 2, 2023 - Parker’s – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader – recently hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for its first Parker’s Kitchen in Georgetown, S.C., located at 1347 N. Fraser St. Parker’s CEO Greg Parker also presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Georgetown County School District Superintendent Keith Price to support local teachers and students.Local dignitaries in attendance included Georgetown County Council members Lillie Johnson, Tamika Obeng...
June 2, 2023 - Parker’s – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader – recently hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting for its first Parker’s Kitchen in Georgetown, S.C., located at 1347 N. Fraser St. Parker’s CEO Greg Parker also presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Georgetown County School District Superintendent Keith Price to support local teachers and students.
Local dignitaries in attendance included Georgetown County Council members Lillie Johnson, Tamika Obeng and Hobson Henry Milton; President and CEO of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Beth Stedman; City of Georgetown Main Street Coordinator Al Joseph; and Georgetown County Economic Development Executive Director Tiffany Harrison.
Strategically positioned on the north end of Georgetown across from WalMart and Belk, the company’s 76th retail store offers award-winning, Southern-style, made-from-scratch food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide range of convenience items.
The bright, inviting store design in Georgetown — which is the company’s 32nd location in South Carolina — features Lowcountry-inspired architecture with a modern, contemporary glass-front façade with lime-washed brick, handsome bracketry and designer lighting. The retail footprint offers an optimized interior layout to maximize efficiency for customers, with manned as well as self-check-out stations.
“We’re truly honored to join the Georgetown community and to serve local customers while giving back to support local schools,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “Our newest location in Georgetown is an exceptional fit for our growth plan, which is based on building new stores in strong growth markets.”
The newest Parker’s Kitchen in Georgetown offers popular grab-and-go options as well as a hot bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and convenient electronic kiosk ordering. Popular items include never-frozen, antibiotic-free, double-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders, signature mac ‘n’ cheese and potato logs. Additional highlights include the Parker’s Kitchen Spicy Chicken Tender Sandwich, freshly made salads, gourmet coffee, freshly brewed sweet tea, Fancy Lemonade, 28-degree beer, fountain drinks with Chewy Ice and a wide range of convenience items. The new store offers regular, diesel and non-ethanol fuel.
A wide range of Parker’s Kitchen items are prepared fresh on-site and are available seven days a week. The entire menu is handcrafted on-site from the freshest ingredients by Parker’s Kitchen chefs who take pride in cooking for the communities where they live and work.
“At Parker’s, we are continuing our strategic transition from a convenience store company that sells food service to a food service company that offers convenience,” said Parker. “We deeply appreciate the support from our newest customers in Georgetown.”