Local services in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is served by a single public-school district. Horry County Schools educates around 40,000 students and is the third largest school district in South Carolina. The largest university in the Myrtle Beach area is Coastal Carolina University, a state-supported, liberal arts university located eight miles northwest of Myrtle Beach in neighboring Conway, with a satellite campus in Myrtle Beach. Grand Strand Medical Center (GSMC) is a 345-bed acute care hospital and Level 1 Adult Trauma Center known for its programs in cardiology, heart surgery, and stroke treatment. It was opened in April 21, 1978 to succeed the former Ocean View Memorial Hospital (1958-1978), the first major hospital in Myrtle Beach. GSMC contains the only cardiac surgery and neurosurgery programs in the greater Myrtle Beach area and was a recipient of the Health grades 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2012 and 2013. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles (5.6 km) southwest of the central business district of Myrtle Beach, in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. It was formerly known as Myrtle Beach Jetport (1974–1989) and is located on site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.