How Healthy Is Your New Neighborhood?

Choosing the perfect neighborhood is a blend of art and science.

Buyers seek a house they can turn into a home, and they also check a lot of rational boxes. Are jobs available nearby? How are the schools? How does the area stack up in terms of crime rates, taxes, and other factors?

One area of particular concern – and one best considered long before an emergency requires it – is access to quality health care.

Good healthcare facilities are important at any age and stage, but probably particularly so for families with young children and people near or past retirement age. After all, a bucolic rural tract can be lovely – unless you’re racing to an ER or making many treks to far away medical appointments.

According to, “Easy access to good healthcare can increase your quality of life exponentially, so be on the lookout for towns and cities with good hospitals and medical schools.”

Good news: Sabal neighborhoods are all located in cities with quality medical centers, many of which spin off medical practices focused on specialty care.
In Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina is ranked as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals in numerous specialty areas. It is also an NCI-designated Cancer Center, a Level I Trauma Center and South Carolina’s only nationally recognized children’s hospital.  The teaching hospital also spins off a healthy community of healthcare workers, many of whom choose to stay in the area.

Up I-26 a few hours is a robust healthcare community. Greenville Health System’s Patewood Memorial Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals for orthopedics. The hospital is ranked #19 in the nation in orthopedics and is the only hospital in the state to be ranked in this specialty. And the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits Greenville Memorial Hospital, which is also a teaching hospital.

Meanwhile, there’s more than beach-time and fun in the sun to be had on the Grand Strand. Three outstanding hospital systems serve the Myrtle Beach region: Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Georgetown Hospital System, and Loris Healthcare System (now affiliated with McLeod Health in Florence, S.C.). Each has multiple satellite facilities for urgent care and specialty services. Grand Strand Regional Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center and has been ranked No. 1 in South Carolina for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent in the United States both of the last two years. It is the region’s only Level 2 Trauma Center.

We may have put some thought into this…