Tidelands Community Care Network Earns Statewide Award For Positive Impact On Community

October 28, 2022

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health recently recognized the network as its 2022 Outstanding Community Health Project or Initiative. Tidelands Community Care Network, a public-private partnership, helps break down barriers and provide access to medical care for uninsured and underinsured adults.

“Each year, our office honors those in our rural communities who have shown excellence in their work to make their communities healthier, either through direct health care delivery or efforts to make their communities stronger and more resilient,” said Graham Adams, CEO of SCORH. “The Outstanding Community Health Project or Initiative Award recognizes an educational program or direct service that has positively impacted a community’s overall health and wellbeing.”

Since its inception a decade ago, Tidelands Community Care Network has served more than 7,500 people by connecting them with access to primary care, specialty care, affordable medication, behavioral health care, dental care, transportation and more. The network continues to grow and evolve to meet community needs.

One of the network’s greatest community benefits is its role as a facilitator to foster partnerships and increase cross-sector collaboration. The result is stronger links within the community, leading to integrated care and better health outcomes. Tidelands Community Care Network has more than 30 partners representing a range of government, non-profit and faith-based organizations. Together, they work to eliminate barriers to health care such as transportation to appointments.

“Every day, we see the difference the Tidelands Community Care Network is having on people in our community, helping them live better lives through better health,” said Kelly Kaminski, senior director of community health resources at Tidelands Health. “For the SC Office of Rural Health to also take note of the impact we are having is an honor for our entire team, which works tirelessly to make a difference in our community.”

The Outstanding Community Health Project or Initiative Award was one of six annual awards the SC Office of Rural Health presented Oct. 19 during its 25th Annual Rural Health Conference. The non-profit organization’s mission is to close the gap in health status and life expectancy between rural and urban communities in South Carolina.

About Tidelands Health

Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.