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Grand Strand – More Than Just a Beach Town

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Sure. When you think of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, several things come to mind. More golf courses than t-shirt stands. Calabash shrimp served at foodie-worthy local seafood joints. Good southern Atlantic sand that is soft to walk on at sunrise and then makes way for the perfect kid-sized tide pools in the afternoon. It’s easy to see why this hot spot destination is at the top of many lists for “perfect place to spend a summer vacation.”

And Dr. Jon Pangia and his team at Grand Strand Medical Center would agree that this town is that…and so much more. “I believe you need to live where you play,” says Dr. Pangia, Grand Strand’s Facility Medical Director. “We have surfing and skydiving and kiteboarding and the beach.”

But what really attracts people to work with his team at Grand Strand? A sense of community. A sense of family. “I believe, and the people in the group believe, that emergency medicine is a family.  We feel very strongly that we’re a community, that no one really understands emergency medicine like the people who have dedicated their lives to it.”

On top of that, the ED team at Grand Strand main campus and free-standing ED has dedicated itself to being the best. With a combined annual patient volume of almost 100,000 and a Pediatric ED staffed with Pediatric Emergency Physicians, Grand Strand looks to expand even more with a third facility. The free-standing ED set to open in North Myrtle Beach will allow TeamHealth to serve even more members of the Myrtle Beach community.

“And then we have the residency programs,” continues Pangia. “Surgery and internal medicine have already started. The emergency medicine residency program is starting very shortly. In fact, the hospital has made a commitment that by 2020, they’ll have started at least 150 residents.”

Growing at a rate of 10-20% per year is very exciting, and Dr. Pangia is looking forward to adding members to his already-talented team. “I support the people that take good care of the patients, take care of each other, and are just a good part of the family. That’s who we really are.”

For a deeper look at how Dr. Pangia and Grand Strand Medical Center are raising the bar in Myrtle Beach, click here.