facilities are Coastal Carolina University
and Horry-Georgetown Technical College in nearby Conway. The area is also
home to a branch of Webster University,
an MBA graduate school, and NAIA, a
flight school, and private schools of various sizes and objectives.
The major hospital and medical center in Myrtle Beach is the Grand Strand
Regional Medical Center. Other hospitals
or medical centers near Myrtle Beach are
the Conway Hospital, about 15 miles away
in Conway, SC, the Loris Community
Hospital, about 19 miles distant in Loris,
SC, and the Georgetown Memorial Hospital, about 39 miles away in Georgetown, SC.
Huntington Beach Park’s Environ-
mental Education Center offers a wide
variety of programming, including the
chance to see loggerhead turtles and
other endangered plant and animal spe-
cies. Its freshwater lake is a perfect place
to spy alligators and sometimes even a
reclusive mink. The park’s popular pro-
gram gives visitors an opportunity to see
some of our endangered creatures up
close and become more involved. Much
of Huntington Beach Park’s marsh is
now registered under the South Carolina
Heritage Trust Program to help preserve
its unusually pristine nature.
A movement to spread environmentally friendly building and living practices has taken root at Coastal Carolina
University and is spreading to other parts
of the Grand Strand. CCU has pledged
to use LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design). LEED programs
assure that sound environmental practices will be used when renovating or constructing new buildings.