A new avenue of health care opened in September along the Grand Strand.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in late August for Tidelands Health Medical Park,  2200 Crow Lane near Market Common Myrtle Beach. Elected officials, community leaders and members of Tidelands Health gathered to celebrate the completion of the three-story, 65,000-square-foot building, which cost $44 million to build.

The Medical Park,  expected to serve around 140,000 patients annually, will open its doors Wednesday, Sept. 4. According to President and CEO of Tidelands Health Bruce Bailey, the building is the organization’s single largest community investment since opening Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital back in 2002.

“As we all know, this area continues to grow rapidly,” Bailey said. “With that growth, comes an increased demand for a whole range of services. Tidelands Health Medical Park at Market Common is an integral part of meeting that growing need.”

The Medical Park brings a broad range of health care providers under one roof, consisting of primary care, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, pain management, imaging, lab services as well as many therapy services. According to Tidelands Health, this will allow collaboration and will help them provide the best care to their patients.

“One of the most remarkable aspects of this state-of-the-art building is the tremendous convenience that it offers to our patients,” Bailey said. “Everything about this new medical park has been designed with patients and the community in mind; from the interior layout to the landscaping, technology and the exterior facade.”

“Putting so many providers under the same roof creates an extremely collaborative environment,” Dr. Christopher Bach, a gastroenterologist who will see patients at the facility, said. “It makes it easy to care for the whole person, and not just treat disease. In opening this facility, we are not just expanding access to care, we are offering a better way to care.”

“It is really a testament to a lot of hard work and a lot of dedicated people, Chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees J. Edward Norris III said.” “I think that it goes to show when you get the right people together for the right reasons, special things happen.”

Norris also took time to remember McRoy and Jo Skipper, who lost their lives in a car accident in North Carolina almost a year ago. McRoy Skipper was the chairman of the board of trustees when the project was conceived and approved.

“McRoy and Jo were dear friends to Tidelands Health and our region,” Norris said. “Although we miss them, standing here today I know they would be incredibly proud of how this magnificent medical facility has turned out. We certainly think that it is a testament to McRoy’s vision for the future of health care in our region.”

Tidelands Health Medical Park allows patients to see all of their providers without getting in their vehicle.

An image lab covers much of the first floor, which includes x-ray, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, bone density, cardiac stress tests, nuclear medicine and other various testing services.

“It’s a very comprehensive outpatient imaging center,” Executive Vice President and COO of Tidelands Gayle Resetar said. “You might see occasionally other freestanding outpatient centers along the Grand Strand, but most wouldn’t be this comprehensive.”

The second floor of the building has physical therapy, pain management, and orthopedic surgery. The third floor is mainly cardiology, gastroenterology and primary care. The floor includes multiple specialty exam rooms that can change over time, instead of being landlocked into a suite, to help providers use each space effectively.

In each exam room, touchscreen technology allows providers to “visually show patients how the body works, what a particular injury or illness may look like and how treatment can support recovery.”

The third floor also has a section called, The Health Desk. Using iPads, patients can access different functions like a health library, quizzes, recipes and more. The desk also connects patients to MyCarolinaLife.com, where they can find the latest health news from Tidelands and watch inspirational stories of residents who have overcome illness or injury.

Tidelands Health Medical Park will also employ RN care coordinators, who will “be a single point of contact to help patients with complex medical needs navigate the intricacy of multiple test, procedures and doctor visits.”

In the future, Tidelands also has plans to offer an ambulatory surgery center and endoscopy suites on the first floor but are currently waiting on state approvals.

“We don’t have any building like this, Resetar said. “This is sort of a unique approach. This is the new standard.”