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MUSC, Capella Healthcare partner, form new collaborative initiative

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Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health have announced the development of a clinically integrated network and a clinical affiliation agreement that will enable the organizations to partner to enhance the health and wellness of the families and communities they serve in South Carolina.

MUSC’s academic expertise and commitment to education and research, combined with Capella’s proven expertise in running community-based hospitals have come together to create a transformational opportunity with the formation of a regionally–based health care delivery network — Midlands HealthONE Network.

The clinically integrated network will enable partner facilities to share and better align resources to improve access to higher levels of care, jointly implement and monitor clinical protocols, and to collaborate on clinical workforce development and training to achieve the highest quality of care in the most efficient manner possible – all closer to home.

The strengths of both Capella and MUSC — serving those in need, training the next generation of health care professionals, and investing in quality improvement – are enhanced through closer alignment under the Midlands HealthONE Network. Midlands HealthONE is preparing to launch in early 2015 with its first hospital, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, once it is officially part of the Capella network of hospitals.

“As a part of Midlands HealthONE, MUSC Health is proud to serve as Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center’s and the Midlands HealthONE Network’s preferred partner for complex tertiary and quaternary care, giving patients seamless access to care for these services when needed, and ensuring that as much care as possible is delivered close to where patients live and work,” said Patrick J. Cawley, vice president for clinical affairs and MUSC Health executive director and CEO.

Benefits of the initiative include, but are not limited to:

  • Increased access to high–quality, advanced local care through affiliated hospitals;
  • Mutual development and sharing of clinical best practices;
  • MUSC Health–affiliated specialist and medical resident rotations at affiliated community hospitals;
  • Shared physician recruitment and placement efforts at affiliated hospitals;
  • Value–added advanced tele–health services including tele–stroke, tele–neurology and E–ICU services;
  • Specialized training for local clinical staff through jointly developed and shared educational resources; and
  • Streamlined tertiary and quaternary referral processes when care cannot be best delivered locally.

“We are proud that they have chosen to partner with Capella and look forward to expanding the benefits of this unique partnership to other area providers by changing what’s possible, together.”

December 7, 2014



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