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Year in Review 2014

David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, was installed as MUSC’s seventh president at the Oct. 9 inauguration ceremony. In his inaugural speech to an audience filled with colleagues, family, friends and MUSC employees and students, Cole spoke about his commitment to patients and the opportunity to make a difference. Oct. 17

Commited to Patients

MUSC Health Plan
Effective Jan. 1, all MUSC and MUHA employees who were previously enrolled in the Standard State Health Plan are now enrolled in the MUSC Health Plan.
Jan. 10

Sickle Cell advocacy
Senator Tim Scott visited patients with Sickle Cell disease and their family members at MUSC on Jan. 20 to discuss their challenges connected to the disease. Scott commited to creating a national Sickle Cell program. Jan. 24

Clothes Closet established
Medical students with the Paul B. Underwood Jr. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and their peers established an Everybody’s Closet consisting of new and donated clothes items to be used by discharged patients of the Adult Emergency Department. Jan. 31

10West Ortho/JRU reopens
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman Dr. Vincent Pellegrini Jr. joined Medical Center CEO and orthopaedic faculty and staff as they reopened the expanded unit. Jan. 31

Families get fit in challenge
MUSC partnered with Coca-Cola, Lowcountry Parent magazine and CVS pharmacies to establish an eight-week program challenging South Carolina residents to get out and be active. May 9

Nurses honored for their work
MUSC nurses were honored during the Nurse of the Year ceremony. Winners were: Melanie Ann Archer (Expertise); Kathy Kurowski (Integrity); Michelle Cooper (Accountability); Emmaline McCulloch (Leadership); Savannah Galloway (Innovation); and Kelly Cavins Kornegay (Advocacy). May 9

Lifetime award honors surgeon
MUSC surgeon and Distinguished University Professor Fred Crawford, M.D., was presented with the AATS Lifetime Achievement Award for his service as 82nd president and leadership with the organization. May 30

Study shows weight loss success
MUSC’s Heathly Charleston Challenge, a 12-week weight-loss and lifestyle intervention program, has proved that regular exercise and changes in eating habits can decrease some disease biomarkers. June 6

MUHA supply staff wins award
The medical center’s health care supply chain staff was recognized with the ECRI Institute’s 2014 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. MUSC was among 12 regional winners selected from 2,800 hospitals around the nation. June 20

Standards set for Epilepsy Center
For the sixth year, MUSC’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center was certified as a level 4 facility — the highest level designated. July 25

Bone Marrow Transplant
The Hollings Cancer Center’s Adult and Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program was designated as a Blue Distrinction Center for Transplants on June 15. It is one of only five centers nationwide with this highly-regarded status. Aug. 1

Ebola preparedness
MUSC took steps in preparing its people and resources to treat Ebola patients in South Carolina. MUSC leaders participated in Gov. Nikki Haley’s roundtable on Ebola, along with the state Division of Health and Environmental Control and other organizations, to establish treatment protocols in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oct. 24

Ground-breaking stroke research
Department of Neurosciences’ David Bachman, M.D., and a team of researchers are finding new ways to understand how the brain recovers from a stroke and similar head injuries. They are studying the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation. Nov. 14

Dedicated to employees

Employees are heroes in storm
As employees struggled during the ice storms of January and February, crews of Engineering & Facilities staff and Grounds Shop employees were busy removing ice from the helicopter pad and salting roads and sidewalks. Feb. 14

Trustees oppose merger
MUSC’s board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposed MUSC and College of Charleston merger. Feb. 21

David J. Cole selected president
After nearly a year conducting a national search, MUSC’s board of trustees selected David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, as the institution’s new president. Cole was formerly the McKoy Rose, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chairman in the Department of Surgery and MUSC Physicians president. April 25

Physician named to board
Danielle Scheurer, M.D., MUHA chief quality officer, was named to the Society of Hospital Medicine board of directors. She will serve a three-year term. April 25

Waring Library wins award
The Waring Historical Library received the 2014 Online Resource Award from the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. The award recognizes the online exhibit of the Porcher Medicinal Garden. June 13

WSI group changes to ARROW
The Womens Scholars Initiative has changed to the ARROW (Advancement, Recruitment and Retention of Women) program, reflecting the advancement of women faculty across campus. May 10

MUHA Employee of the Year
Medical center Patient Transport Services supervisor Daniel Williams was named 2014 Medical Center Employee of the Year. July 25

Urban Farm promotes Bee Project
MUSC’s Urban Farm committed to The Bee Cause Project, a local non-profit that educates young people about the importance of honeybees and their installation of 1,000 beehives in area schools. Aug. 1

Remembering Hurricane Hugo
President Emeritus Dr. James and Ann Edwards and other MUSC faculty and staff reflect and share their stories from 25 years ago on the devastation, destruction and herosim of others before, during and after the storm. Sept. 19

Diversity & Inclusion
The board of trustees approved the institution’s first strategic plan for diversity and inclusion in early October. The plan provides a framework for implementing campuswide goals and strategies that address specific domains to support a diverse and inclusive community. Nov. 21

Trauma Nurse program
ED nurses and their colleagues in the surgical trauma ICU have developed a trauma nurse specialist program to meet the growing needs of patients and staff. In October, nurses presented a poster describing details of the program at the Southeastern Trauma Symposium. Dec. 7

Focus on Research

Chief research info officer
Leslie (Les) Lenart, M.D., was welcomed as MUSC’s first chief research information officer. Lenart also is the SmartState Endowed Chair in Medical Bioinformatics and professor of internal medicine. Jan. 24

Center for Drug Discovery
Karen Lackey, formerly with Hoffman La Roche, was named director of MUSC’s Center for Drug Discovery. May 9

Treatment helps suicidal patients
A study conducted with veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson and Walter Reed National Military medical centers found that heavy doses of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to the brain reduces suicidal thoughts. June 6

HCC's redesignation
MUSC Hollings Cancer Center was awarded a five-year renewal of its National Cancer Institute designation, a dinstinction held only by 68 cancer centers in the U.S. The renewal affirms HCC’s commitment to excellence. July 18

New heart failure medicine
MUSC’s Michael Zile, M.D., and campus researchers played a vital role in the landmark Paradigm–HF clinical trial, announced by the European Society of Cardiology and New England Journal of Medicine. Sept. 12



Research makes big on nanoscale
MUSC researchers with ToleRaM Nanotech, LLC, took top honors in the 2014 BioProcess International Award in the category of Emerging Companies in late October. The company focuses on expediting research for the focused delivery of drugs using targeted nanoparticle devices. Nov. 7

Survey yields better assault data
A government-commissioned survey found that about 20,000 of the U.S. military’s active–duty members experienced one or more sexual assaults in 2014. Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D., National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center director, helped create the survey. Dec. 12

Devoted to Students
Graduate nursing program ranks
U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing’s online graduate nursing program number two among the top 50 in the nation compared to 450 other schools surveyed since 2012. Jan. 17

International travel policy
A new international travel policy was established to promote the health, safety and security of all members of the MUSC community while traveling abroad. Jan. 24

Nursing receives grant
The College of Nursing is one of 14 nursing programs nationally to be among the first to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program grant aimed at increasing Ph.D–prepared nurses. Aug. 1

Opening Doors campaign
The College of Medicine has established its first-ever scholarship campaign to raise $20 million to assist students with partial and full tuition scholarships. Oct. 24


  • Hulda J. Wohltmann, M.D., a renowned clinician and researcher who worked as a co-principal investigator of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Intervention and Complications study, died Jan. 11. Feb. 14
  • W. Scott Argraves, Ph.D., associate chair of research, director of the MUSC Proteogenomic Facility and director of the South Carolina INBRE Bioinformatics Core, passed away May 11 after a valiant battle with cancer. May 23
  • Ronald Allen Bell, DDS, professor of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics in the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine, died at his home on John’s Island on July 29. Sept. 12
  • Maralynne Mitcham, Ph.D., professor and assistant dean in the College of Health Professions, lost her fight with cancer Oct. 17. Oct. 30
January 6, 2015



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