Encompass Health/Tidelands Health Joint Venture to Create New Jobs & Invest $23M

Feb 20th, 2018

Encompass Health/Tidelands Health Joint Venture to Create New Jobs and Invest $23M to Build Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Horry County


MYRTLE BEACH, SC –Encompass Health Corporation and Tidelands Health announced today that their joint venture is advancing its plans to build and operate a new 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Little River, South Carolina.


The new Little River inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be located off Highway 9 and will represent an investment of approximately $23 million in the community. The Encompass Health/Tidelands Health joint venture may hire up to 134 employees over the next five years to staff the Horry County hospital including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, case managers and other support service positions. Closer to the opening of the hospital, those interested in applying for jobs should visit www.encompasshealth.com/careers.


Construction on the new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Little River, South Carolina is expected to commence in spring 2018, and the joint venture will begin operations in the Little River hospital following completion of construction and receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.


Encompass Health, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation and home-based care committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care across the post-acute continuum. Encompass Health serves 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of home health and hospice locations and 127 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. Encompass Health’s inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations. Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties and operates the region’s only existing inpatient rehabilitation hospital.



“Having served the South Carolina communities of Rock Hill, Anderson, Columbia, Charleston and Florence for many years now, we are excited to finally be expanding into the Myrtle Beach area with a top-notch partner like Tidelands Health through our new hospital in Little River. Consistent with our mission, we will help patients regain function and independence while recovering from a variety of debilitating illnesses and injuries.” –President of Encompass Health’s MidAtlantic Region, Ed Mowen


“Over the years, Tidelands Waccamaw Rehabilitation Hospital has served as our region’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital. We have seen firsthand the growing need for this critically important service in our community. Our partnership with Encompass Health will allow us to marry our strengths with those of one of the nation’s largest health care providers, delivering outstanding care and service through inpatient rehabilitation services specifically designed to meet the needs of the patients.” – Tidelands Health president and CEO, Bruce Bailey



“I am excited about the announcement of Encompass Health expanding their operations into Horry County and their commitment to bring up to 134 full-time jobs to Horry County. This investment is a great example of our focus on creating an environment where high-quality businesses can thrive and be successful.  Additionally, the jobs that will be created with this hospital are high-paying healthcare careers that will be life changing for those employed.  Congrats to Encompass Health, Tidelands Health, and to Team Horry for this great announcement!” – Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus


“On behalf of the MBREDC Board, investors, and partners, we are excited about the announcement of Encompass Health locating in Horry County. Healthcare is one of the MBREDC’s target markets and we know that Encompass Health will be successful in Horry County because of the skilled healthcare-focused workforce we have grown through our educational institutions and the support this partnership will find from our local governments and businesses.” – MBREDC Chairman, Neyle Wilson


“I am truly excited about Encompass Health’s announcement to locate in Horry County. As our region continues to see tremendous growth, the healthcare needs of our population will continue to evolve and the partnership between Encompass Health and Tidelands Health will be on the forefront of those needs.  Additionally, our educational institutions of Horry County Schools, Horry Georgetown Technical College, and Coastal Carolina University have developed a deep workforce that is skilled and trained in the healthcare sector, so we are confident the Encompass Health will be able to quickly and successfully fill their employment needs. We welcome Encompass Health to Horry County and look forward to working with them and their team for years to come.” – MBREDC President & CEO, Josh Kay




  • Encompass Health and Tidelands Health have formed a joint venture and will be building a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Horry County.
  • Committed to investing $23 million and creating up to 134 new jobs over the next five years.
  • Encompass Health is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services.
  • To begin operations in Horry County, the company will build a 46-bed inpatient hospital off Highway 9 in Little River, S.C.
  • Those looking to apply for positions should visit the visit the company’s website.


About Encompass Health

As a national leader in post-acute care, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that spans 127 hospitals and 237 home health & hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the Company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute continuum. Driven by a set of shared values, Encompass Health is the result of the union between HealthSouth Corporation and Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and is ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit encompasshealth.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


About Tidelands Health

As our region’s largest health care provider, Tidelands Health is dedicated to keeping the communities we serve healthy and active, inside and outside of the hospital. Ours is a singular commitment: Better health begins here.  Tidelands Health is three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient providers that stretch from North Myrtle Beach to Hemingway. More than 2,000 employee and physician partners are working side by side with our patients to transform the health of our region — promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.  For more information, visit www.tidelandshealth.org.



The MBREDC is a public‐private partnership that works closely with new and existing industry, site selectors, and economic development allies and partners to promote economic growth in Horry County. Since January of 2012, the EDC has announced over 1,700 new jobs including announcements in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, forest products, health-care, and technology-related businesses. For more information, visit www.mbredc.org.




Josh Kay

President & CEO

Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation

(843) 347-4604

[email protected]


Hillary Carnel

External Communications Manager

Encompass Health

(205) 970-5910

[email protected]


Carl Lindquist

Senior Communications Strategist

Tidelands Health

(843) 652-8212

[email protected]