Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Health is pleased to welcome George Helmrich, MD, MBA, CCD, NCMP, CPHRM, as Chief Medical Officer for the health system.

Most recently, Dr. Helmrich served as Chief Medical Officer at HCA Healthcare's Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City Beach, Florida. Prior to his years in Panama City, he spent 16 years in the Greenville, SC, area serving in various complex clinical and operational positions with Greenville Health System and as Chief Medical Officer of Baptist Easley Hospital. Dr. Helmrich has also been a Physician Surveyor for The Joint Commission.

"As we look to the future of our growing organization, we have placed an emphasis on searching for candidates who not only value our standards but also bring something different that positively contributes to our culture" says Mark Sims, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Strand Health. "I'm excited to have Dr. Helmrich to join our health system, and lead our efforts to deliver higher quality care."

Dr. Helmrich received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina - School of Medicine, and he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Carolinas Medical Center. His other education and training includes a Master of Business Administration in Health Care from Southern Wesleyan University, Master of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.