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Where Your Help is Needed: MUSC Medical Center

Architectural rendering of Phase I of
the Medical University's new hospital

The 10-story Medical University Hospital accepted its first patients in 1955. This comprehensive facility is now comprised of three separate hospitals (Medical University Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital), now collectively known as the MUSC Medical Center.

The diverse medical needs of the community are met by the staff representing more than 35 different fields, including neurology, cardiology, infectious diseases, pulmonary and critical care medicine, radiology, urology and nine surgical specialties. The Medical Center also includes centers for specialized care (Heart Center, Transplantation Center, Hollings Cancer Center, and Digestive Diseases Center). Numerous outpatient facilities include the Family Medicine Center, University Diagnostic Center, and affiliated faculty practice ambulatory care centers. In 2003-04, the Center accepted more than 27,000 inpatient admissions and almost 630,000 outpatient visits.

The MUSC Medical Center has achieved national distinction in several of the many medical disciplines offered. The Heart and Vascular Center is ranked a top 100 facility by Solucient, and ranked as the best in the Carolinas and Georgia. The Children's Hospital among the top 25 children's hospitals in the country; its neonatal intensive care unit is now ranked in the nation's top 10. The Digestive Disease Center was ranked as the 14th best in the nation by US News in 2004. The Institute of Psychiatry has been nationally ranked.

Much of what has been achieved at MUSC Medical Center, in facilities, highest quality faculty appointments, state of the art equipment and the finest clinical care, has been made possible by private philanthropy. In short, private support has made a very good medical facility into a great one.

Funding Priority: Medical Center Expansion

The Lowcountry's healthcare needs have changed dramatically since Medical University designed its Medical Center in the early 1950s. Consider the following:

  • The tri-county area's population grew from 217,708 in 1950 to almost 550,000 in 2000. More than 922,000 people now live in the Medical University's primary and secondary service areas, greatly increasing demand for additional capacity.

  • The community's population is older than in years past. Our senior population is growing at twice the national average rate, and 10,000 new retirees move to the state each year.

  • Because medicine is more technology-intensive than ever, we require additional space for more sophisticated - and often larger - pieces of equipment.

  • We are now able to treat more diseases than in the past. Accordingly, we have an increased demand for space to accommodate our widening range of medical services and specialties.

Faced with a growing demand for additional beds and procedural capacity, the Medical University in 2004 finalized plans to build a new main hospital to take the place of its current Medical Center. The project represents Phase I of a comprehensive, 20-year plan to update facilities and expand capacity at the Medical University in response to population growth, innovations in health care technology and increased specialization in patient care services.

During Phase I, the university will build a 515,000-square-foot hospital on Courtenay Drive, just west of the Medical Center's current location. The hospital will consist of a seven-story tower to the north and a second four-story building to the south. The two buildings will be connected by an atrium. At a later date, the university will build two additional tower/building complexes to adjoin the Phase I complex. When it is complete, the entire hospital complex will encompass a total of 2.4 million square feet.

Until later phases are added, Phase I of the hospital will function as a satellite to the current Medical Center, housing two main centers: the Digestive Disease Center and the Heart and Vascular Center, complete with the following amenities:

  • 156 beds for cardiovascular and digestive disease services (includes 28 ICU beds)

  • Nine operating rooms including one with fixed equipment for vascular surgery

  • Three electrophysiology labs, four interventional/diagnostic cath labs, two interventional radiology (IR) labs, plus a third IR lab equipped with computed tomography (CT) noted below

  • Nine endoscopy suites and two motility rooms

  • Outpatient clinics to accommodate approx. 70,000 visits and faculty offices

  • Specialized chest pain center

  • Imaging capacity to include two diagnostic CTs, one interventional CT, one diagnostic MRI, three nuclear cameras, three RF rooms, and space for new modality to serve chest pain center and outpatient cardio-diagnostics

While HUD-guaranteed bonds will pay for the cost of building and equipping the facility, private philanthropy will allow us to invest in the people, equipment, facilities and programs needed to achieve world class patient care.

For more information, please contact:

David Soutter, Director of Development
MUSC Medical Center
Phone: 843-792-2686
Toll Free: 800-810-6872

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