The 10-story Medical University Hospital accepted its first patients in 1955. This comprehensive facility is now comprised of four separate hospitals (Medical University Hospital, the Ashley River Tower, 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.
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South Carolina's only comprehensive academic medical center.
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